Duct Ectasia - new partial nipple inversion
Yes, this will probably be long, but I have to get this out. Back in April, I had my annual mammogram, decided to do the 3D instead of the regular digital. Had a callback for a small mass with diagnostic mammo and ultrasound. Ended up with a Birads 3. So I went back last Wednesday. I was slightly delayed because I forgot and had my Covid booster in October so we scheduled it for this month. Had diagnostic mammogram, again 3D plus spot magnification, and ultrasound.
Good news - mass was smaller and is considered a complicated cyst.
But now - there is a new finding:
Here is the result:
Previously seen nodule in the right upper outer quadrant for which follow-up is recommended is decreased in size. Subareolar duct ectasia redemonstrated. There is new partial right nipple inversion. Scattered typically benign calcifications again noted.
Target right breast ultrasound recommended for further characterization.
Bi-Rads 0 incomplete Needs additional imaging.
I'm between gynecologists since mine closed his office. Can't get an appointment with breast surgeon until Jan. 4. PCP handling this. So of course all this breaks loose in between.
Completely flummoxed and upset - not only that I have to go back for another ultrasound when I was just there - I know, our medical system stinks. But that this duct ectasia wasn't even on the radar!! Redemonstrated? I looked back on several mammograms - not a mention of it anywhere. I don't know whether it's on one side, only one duct, nothing. And if it is only one side, one duct, it should've been on the radar esp since I'm 58! So I feel completely blind-sided!! I feel like if I had known back in April I could've had a biopsy or something then if it was one-sided. Now whatever is there has been there for 8 months.
As for the nipple inversion, I can't even tell. There's no skin reddening, flaking, nothing, and I would've never thought to get it checked out since it looks like my other nipple.
Ugh. I'm just trying to get through this since I have no one to talk to. Ultrasound is scheduled for Monday. 19-year-old daughter just tested positive for Covid so that appointment may be doubtful.
Yikes on all of it!
Thanks for listening/reading!