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   Breast Discharge
 
Definition:
Abnormal discharge from the nipple(s).
 
Medical terms related to breast discharge :
Discharge from breasts, Milk secretions, Lactation - abnormal, Witches milk, Galactorrhea
 
Common causes of breast discharge: 
o breast abscess (most common in lactating women)
o Medications that can cause breast discharge:
Cimetidine, methyldopa, metoclopramide, oral contraceptives, phenothiazines, reserpine, tricyclic antidepressants, or verapamil
o
Intraductal papilloma:
A small noncancerous growth in the duct of the breast)
o ductal ectasia
(usually bloody or serosanguineous)

Other Causes of breast discharge:
o
Kidney Failure ( Renal Failure)
o
Breast Cancer
o False Pregnancy
(Pseudocyesis)
o prolactinoma
(prolactin-secreting tumor in the brain)
o
Overexercise
o
Trauma can cause discharge from both breasts

 

Call your doctor if breast discharge is accompanied by: 
o Breast lump
 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o Breast biopsy (if lump is found)
o Cytologic study of discharge (a study of the cells in the discharge)
o Head CT scan to look for pituitary tumor
o Mammography (X-ray examination of the breasts)
o Serum prolactin
o Transillumination (a light is placed against the breast to help determine if there is an accumulation of fluid in the tissue)
o Ultrasonography (ultrasound of the breast)
   
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