What other symptoms might occur with breast swelling?

Breast swelling and tenderness may signify a noncancerous breast condition. Other symptoms will vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Breast swelling symptoms that may occur along with benign processes

Breast swelling may accompany the presence of benign breast tumors, such as papillomas and fibroadenomas, along with other symptoms including:

  • Breast deformity or misshapen breast
  • Breast lump
  • Breast pain
  • Nipple discharge or tenderness

Breast swelling symptoms that may occur along with breast infection

Breast swelling and tenderness may accompany the presence of breast infection (mastitis or abscess) along with other symptoms including:

  • Breast lump
  • Breast pain
  • Fever
  • Rash or sore on the breast or nipple
  • Redness, warmth or swelling
  • Tenderness

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, breast swelling and tenderness may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have breast swelling and tenderness along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
INTRODUCTION

What is breast swelling?

Breast swelling and tenderness is common for almost all women in the second half of their menstrual cycle. Breast swelling and tenderness in the premenstrual portion of your cycle can be mild to severe.

Milk ducts in the breast are enlarged by the increase of estrogen production at certain points during your menstrual cycle. Estrogen production generally reaches its peak just prio... Read more about breast swellingintroduction

CAUSES

What causes breast swelling?

Breast swelling and tenderness is common for almost all women in the second half of their menstrual cycle. Breast swelling and tenderness in the premenstrual portion of your cycle can be mild to severe.

Milk ducts in the breast are enlarged by the increase of estrogen production during the menstrual cycle. Estrogen production generally reaches its peak just prior to the middle of ... Read more about breast swellingcauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.