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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aditya Govindavarjhulla, M.B.B.S. [2]

Overview

Breast pain can be categorized into 2 main clinical patterns, cyclical and non cyclical.

Classification

It can be subdivided into 2 main clinical patterns:

  • Non-cyclical when the pain is unrelated to periods.
    • It may be related to the underlying muscle.
    • Trauma and resulting hematoma
    • Infection is sometimes responsible, particularly during times of breast feeding.
    • Breast engorgement during breast feeding (mastitis)
    • Arthritis pain in the chest or neck felt as if it is coming from the breast.

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