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Bleeding or discharge from nipple

Also known as Nipple Discharge and Breast Discharge

Nipple discharge is the release of fluid from the nipples of the breasts. Although it is considered normal in a wide variety of circumstances it is the third major reason involving the breasts for which women seek medical attention, after breast lumps and breast pain. It is also known to occur in adolescent boys and girls going through puberty. Discharge often is the result of stimulation of the breasts or by irritation through clothing.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of bleeding or discharge from nipple are fibroadenoma, galactorrhea of unknown cause, and breast infection (mastitis). Other possible causes, such as pituitary disorder, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with bleeding or discharge from nipple, 70% report having pain or soreness of breast, 52% report having lump or mass of breast, and 22% report having paresthesia.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with bleeding or discharge from nipple often receive examination of breast, radiographic imaging procedure, mammography, ultrasonography, pelvis exam, magnetic resonance imaging, microscopic examination (bacterial smear; culture; toxicology) and biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with bleeding or discharge from nipple include propofol, portia, lanolin topical, bromocriptine, nonoxynol 9 topical, ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin, norethindrone (loestrin fe), bisoprolol / hydrochlorothiazide, etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol unidentified, terbinafine topical, terconazole topical, amlodipine / atorvastatin and torsemide .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for bleeding or discharge from nipple include age 30-44 years sex == female. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get bleeding or discharge from nipple.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.7x
15-29 years
1.1x
30-44 years
2.2x
45-59 years
0.9x
60-74 years
0.6x
75+ years
0.5x

Sex

Male
0.1x
Female
1.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.3x
White
0.9x
Other
1.2x
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