Mansel et al listed clinical criteria for evaluating breast pain and tenderness. The authors are from multiple universities and hospitals in Europe.
(1) restriction on usual activities associated with breast pain
(2) response of pain to mild analgesics or diuretics
(3) breast tenderness
(4) response of tenderness to mild analgesics or diuretics
Restriction on Usual Activities
Pain Relief from Mild Analgesics or Diuretics
not needed or completely relieved
can be pursued but pain may be made worse
persistent pain that is not relieved
Relief from Tenderness with Analgesics or Diuretics
annoying but tolerable
bothersome, may be made worse by tight clothing
marked tenderness, often apprehensive of being examined
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Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology