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Breast Fat Necrosis Overview

What is breast fat necrosis?
A person with breast fat necrosis has fatty tissue in the breast that is damaged, or broken down. Fat necrosis results in the formation of a lump in the breast, but it does not cause cancer.

What are the symptoms of breast fat necrosis?
Common symptoms of breast fat necrosis include breast lump, breast pain, breast tenderness, and nipple discharge. Skin may be dimpled over the lump.

How does the doctor treat breast fat necrosis?
Treatment for breast fat necrosis includes warm wet compresses to the affected site and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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