In an article from Dr Toni Hazell on Guidelines in Practice, Dr Hazell uses case studies to explore three possible causes of breast pain (mastalgia) and how each condition should be managed in primary care.
The article gives you an opportunity to consider some of the causes of breast pain that you may encounter in general practice, how to manage certain types of breast pain and whether a referral for potential breast cancer might be needed.
As is the case with Guidelines in Practice, it gives you the opportunity to test and reflect on the information to earn CPD credits.
The case studies examine:
- A 24 year old woman presenting with dull ache breast pain for at least a year which is worse just before her period starts.
- A 35 year old woman with a 4 week old baby who is exclusively breast-feeding and has pain in her left breast.
- A 54 year old woman presenting with pain in her right breast, discharge from her nipple and a family history of breast cancer.
The article considers diagnosis, referral where necessary, management and clinical outcome.
The full article is available on Guidelines in Practice.