Breast Ultrasound Cyst Aspiration for Patients from a Correctional Facility
Based on the results of your breast ultrasound, a doctor (radiologist) has recommended a breast ultrasound cyst aspiration. A doctor will withdraw cyst fluid with a needle. Ultrasound is used to guide the needle into the correct place.
Before the Cyst Aspiration
- The correctional facility will provide the Breast Center nurse with a list of all prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.
- Let us know of any allergies. This includes: lidocaine and other medicines, metal and tape.
- You may eat and drink as normal. There is no need to fast.
- Wear a two piece outfit. You will be asked to undress from the waist up.
- Do not wear talcum powder or deodorant.
During the Cyst Aspiration
You will lie on your back on the exam table. Gel will be placed on your breast and the area of concern will be located using ultrasound. A picture of this area will be shown on a computer screen.
Your breast will be cleaned with an antiseptic that may feel cool on your skin.
The doctor will inject a numbing medicine, lidocaine, into your breast. You will feel a sting with the injection, but you should not feel any pain after this is given. You may feel pressure. If you do feel pain, let the staff know.
The doctor will use ultrasound to guide the needle to the correct area. A small needle with a syringe attached is placed into the cyst. Fluid is drawn into the syringe.
The fluid removed will be examined by the doctor. If there is a concern, the fluid will be sent to the lab for examination under a microscope.
After the Cyst Aspiration
Pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding. The area will be covered with a bandage.
You may have a mammogram to assure the cyst is gone.
You may resume normal activity.
You may have mild bruising which will go away in 5-7 days.
If you notice any excess swelling, bleeding, drainage, redness, or warmth at the site, tell your facility nurse.
If cyst fluid is sent to the lab, final results will be available in 3-4 working days. The provider who ordered the exam will provide you with results.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 10/25/2012
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