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Nipple discharge is the leakage of fluid from one or both nipples. Nipple discharge normally occurs after a woman gives birth to a baby because her breasts produce milk.
Discharge from one nipple is more likely to be caused by a problem with that particular breast. Discharge from both nipples is more likely the result of something outside of the breast, such as medications or an endocrineendocrineThe group of glands and cells in the body that make and release hormones (which control many functions such as growth, reproduction, sleep, hunger and metabolism) into the blood. gland problem.
Nipple discharge is usually due to a benign condition, but it should be checked by a doctor.
Several different conditions can cause abnormal nipple discharge. The appearance of the discharge can vary depending on the cause.
Breast cancer rarely causes nipple discharge. It may be more of a concern when nipple discharge:
If nipple discharge is present, or if the doctor is concerned about nipple discharge, tests will be done to make a diagnosis. Tests may include:
Treatment of nipple discharge often depends on the condition causing it. Treatment options for nipple discharge may include:
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