Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Fibrocystic Breast Changes


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is fibrocystic breast changes. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how fibrocystic breast changes will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a traditional 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

A 18 year old female comes to the clinic with complaints of breast pain that have been occurring of the past several months. She explains that she has felt multiple breast masses in both of her breasts. She denies any weight changes, fevers, or night sweats. She has no personal or family history of breast cancer. A physical examination shows that her heart has S1 and S2 sounds with nor murmurs. The skin around her breast and areola are unremarkable. There are no solitary breast masses that are palpable however both breasts are lumpy and are tender to palpation, most notable in the upper outer quadrants. There is no axillary lymphadenopathy. What is the likely diagnosis in this patient? 




Page Updated: 03.17.2017