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Mastalgia - Medical Definition

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Updated March 29, 2011

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Definition:

(noun) - the medical term for breast pain. Mastalgia covers all types of breast pain, from general tenderness to periodic pain and swelling, as well as sharp pain. Cyclical or noncyclical breast pain -- regardless of the cause -- may be referred to as mastalgia.

Pronunciation: mas-TAL-juh
Also Known As: mammalgia, mastodynia, breast pain, breast tenderness
Common Misspellings: mustalgia, mastaljia, mastalgea
Examples:
Mastalgia is a very common breast complaint of premenopausal women. When a woman feels mastalgia, her first concern is that her breast pain may be a symptom of breast cancer. Mastalgia is rarely related to a breast cancer diagnosis.
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