Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Breast Fat Necrosis Evaluation

The evaluation of breast fat necrosis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in those with breast fat necrosis may include:

Tests are required to evaluate breast fat necrosis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate breast fat necrosis include:

Breast Fat Necrosis Breast Biopsy

The most accurate test is to take a tissue sample from the area in question. If a fluid-filled cyst is detected, a needle biopsy may be performed to extract a sample of the fluid for microscopic analysis.

Biopsy options:

  • Needle biopsy:
    • May be performed on solid lumps to obtain a small sample of tissue for analysis.
  • Open surgical biopsy:
    • This procedure will allow a sample or the entire lump to be removed and sent for analysis.

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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