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Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of a palpable breast mass

Michael S Sabel, MD
Section Editor
Anees B Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)
Deputy Editor
Wenliang Chen, MD, PhD


Evaluation of a palpable breast mass requires a systematic approach to the history, physical examination, and radiographic imaging studies to ensure a correct diagnosis. A missed diagnosis of breast cancer is one of the most frequent causes of malpractice claims in the United States [1-3].

The clinical manifestations and diagnostic evaluation of women with a palpable breast mass are reviewed here. Screening and epidemiology of breast cancer, benign breast disease, breast pain, nipple discharge, breast cysts, and breast cancer are reviewed separately.

(See "Screening for breast cancer: Strategies and recommendations".)

(See "Overview of benign breast disease".)

(See "Breast pain".)

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