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Reasons for Procedure
- Adverse reaction to the contrast dye
- Injury to the duct
- Breast infection
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a physical exam
- Order tests, such as a mammogram and blood tests
- Ask you about your medical history
- Ask you about the medications that you take, including any over-the-counter products, herbs, and supplements
- Be sure to tell the staff if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.
- Eat and drink as usual. If you normally take medication, you can do this as well.
- Do not apply deodorant, talcum powder, lotion, or perfume near your breasts or under your arms.
- Wear comfortable clothing so you can easily remove your shirt.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Notice any other changes in your breast, such as thickening or a lump
- Develop any other symptoms, including a possible allergic reaction to the contrast dye
- Develop signs of infection such as heat, swelling, pain, fever, or chills
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/28/2013 -
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