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An intraductal papilloma is a noncancerous (benign) small growth
inside a milk duct in the breast. It may appear on the skin near the nipple as
a growth that looks like a wart.
Single intraductal papillomas often occur in women nearing
menopause. They can produce a bloody or sticky nipple discharge. Multiple
intraductal papillomas are more likely to occur in younger women. They may be
found in both breasts and are more likely to cause a lump than nipple
Intraductal papillomas usually are first suspected from an
evaluation of symptoms and a breast exam. A diagnosis can be confirmed with:
It is important to have an intraductal papilloma, as well as any
other breast changes, evaluated and closely monitored by a doctor.
You may not need treatment. But an intraductal papilloma and the affected
duct can be removed if symptoms do not go away or are bothersome.
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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