Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Breast Lump Evaluation

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

Physical findings in those with a breast lump may include:

  • New breast lump
  • Changes in breast shape or size
  • Dimpling in the skin of the breast
  • New lump in the armpit that does not go away
  • Nipple discharge from one breast
  • Orange-peel color of the skin overlying the breast
  • Retracted (pointing inward) nipple or changes in the nipple

Testing is usually required to evaluate a breast lump.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a breast lump include:

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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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