Review  |   December 2017
Benign Breast Conditions
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Dr Bodine) at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Dr Mixon), and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine (Dr Holahan). 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Andrea M. Bodine, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Berkshire Medical Center, 740 Williams St, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7463. E-mail: abodine@bhs1.org
     
Article Information
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Review   |   December 2017
Benign Breast Conditions
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2017, Vol. 117, 755-760. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.147
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2017, Vol. 117, 755-760. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.147
Abstract

Breast masses and nipple discharge are common symptoms that lead women to seek medical care. Many of the findings on subsequent examination are benign. When evaluating a patient who presents with breast masses or nipple discharge, it is useful to take a holistic approach to evaluating the patient, including a detailed history, structural and directed physical examination, and, if indicated, laboratory studies, diagnostic imaging, and biopsy. The goal of this review is to assist physicians in understanding the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of benign breast conditions.

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