This page is designed to organize content that is relevant to the topic of a prepubertal palpable breast mass. This term is used often in medicine, and it is important that we become as familiar as possible with it.
WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
Before going any farther, let us make sure we clearly define the “medical problem”. A prepubertal palpable breast mass is a very self explanatory medical term. The content of this page refers to both male and female prepubertal children (children who have not yet begun puberty).
This page is a subcategory of the broader topic of palpable breast mass.
WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
Often times a prepubertal breast masses are benign, however their presence may be concerning to caretakers of the child (who would benefit from re-assuracne that the child’s health is preserved).
ORGANIZING THE DIFFERENTIAL
The differential diagnosis for a prepubertal palpable breast mass can be organized in a few different ways:
Now that the possible causes of a prepubertal palpable breast mass have been established, the focus can shift to how one would actually “work-up” a patient who presents with prepubertal palpable breast mass.
- Collecting the history
- Performing the physical
- Ordering studies/tests
- Intrepreting clinical data
Page Updated: 01.04.2016