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Definition of Breast trauma

Breast trauma: Physical damage to a breast. If a breast is injured by trauma, tiny blood vessels may rupture to cause localized bleeding (a hematoma). The hematoma can be felt as a lump. Trauma to the breast can also damage the fat cells in the breast tissue, a condition called fat necrosis. Fat necrosis can form a lump in the breast. This type of lump is not cancer.

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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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