Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Galactocele


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is galactocele. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how galactocele will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

One month after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, a 31 year old woman (G2P2) comes to the clinic with complaints of a tender mass on her left breast. She explains that this mass has been bothering her for the past week. Her recent pregnancy was complicated by abdominal trauma experienced during a motor vehicle accident. She currently is breast feeding. Her vitals are stable and within normal limits. Examination of the breast shows a 2 x 3 cm fluctuant and tender mass on the lateral aspect of the left breast. The breast is not warm or erythematous, and the breasts are symmetric. What is the most likely diagnosis in the patient above?

Explanation: no fever + tender breast mass + fluctuant breast mass + no erythema on breast = galactocele


Page Updated: 10.24.2016