Zocdoc Answers

Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors

"What is this node-like finding on my breast?"

ZocdocAnswersWhat is this node-like finding on my breast?


1.6 cc nodule in the left axilla that has the appearance of a lymph node, what does this mean. found on us breast echo unil/bilat. shows a very small hypoechoic area with wee-defined margins


It sounds like you had an ultrasound of the breast done because you found a lump, and these are findings of the ultrasound study. I would definitely recommend that you discuss these findings in depth with your primary care doctor, or whichever doctor ordered the study for you, as they know your case best and can give you the most appropriate recommendations about what to do next. Whenever there is a swelling in the breast or in the armpit adjacent to the breast, the concern is that this might represent breast cancer. Also, persistent swelling of glands or lymph nodes in the armpit can sometimes be caused by other forms of cancer, such as lymphoma. In your case, it sounds like the swelling is directly in the armpit and does look like a lymph node. What to do next depends a lot on how long the swelling has been there, your age, and your family history. If there is another good explanation for why you might have a swollen lymph node in the armpit (for example, a recent viral infection, or a skin infection on the arm) then your doctor might choose to watch this for a while. However, if the lymph node has been present for a while, is growing, or if there is a strong family history of breast cancer, then they will probably want you to have a biopsy by a surgeon to rule this out.

Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.