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-
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
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
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.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice.
This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different,
you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency,
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