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What are some possible causes of nipple discharge?

What are some possible causes of nipple discharge?

Several reasons: Obviously breast feeding but if not postpartum or pregnancy related, this can be normal & result from stimulation of the breast. If milky, prolactin is usually checked to look for levels consistent with prolactinoma. Bloody nipple discharge can be a warning sign for cancer. Purulent discharge can occur with infection. ...Read more

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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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What could cause bloody nipple discharge?

What could cause bloody nipple discharge?

Papilloma: An polyp in the breast duct(papilloma) is the most common cause of bloody discharge but breast cancer should be eliminated as the cause. A mammogram and ultrasound can show the lesion. A core needle biopsy can make the diagnosis. In some cases as special mammogram with dye (ductogram or galactogram) may need to be performed. ...Read more

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What is the cause of nipple discharge in pregnant women?

What is the cause of nipple discharge in pregnant women?

Colostrum or milk: In pregnancy, a hormone called prolactin rises to prepare the breast for possible breast feeding. A nipple discharge called colostrum can occur (like early milk), or sometimes milk is discharged as well. Anything other than clear or white-ish discharge should be discussed with a doctor. Bloody nipple discharge is of great concern. ...Read more

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What causes inverted nipple discharge? I have a clear color. It's been going on for over 5 years straight.

What causes inverted nipple discharge? I have a clear color. It's been going on for over 5 years straight.

Nipple discharge: Nipple discharge can be normal for some. In general, white, milky, yellow and green can be normal. Blood or a brownish color can suggest a more serious condition. If this is a new finding, you should contact your doctor for evaluation. I recommend you mention it to your gyn on the next visit. In your age, it is probably hormone related. ...Read more

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Can levonelle cause whitish nipple discharge 2 weeks after taking it? I had it on the 7th, got a normal period on the 10th but i'm still worried.

Can levonelle cause whitish nipple discharge 2 weeks after taking it? I had it on the 7th,  got a normal period on the 10th but i'm still worried.

No: Levonelle doesn't typically cause nipple discharge. Whitish discharge can be normal though. It can also be caused by a couple of medical issues. If a woman has whitish nipple discharge we check thyroid function and prolactin hormone level. Nipple discharge will not occur 2 weeks into a pregnancy. It's a good idea to take a home urine pregnancy test to be 100% sure the levonelle worked. ...Read more

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What causes nipple discharge?

What causes nipple discharge?

Various causes: Nipple discharge can be normal for some. In general, white, milky, yellow and green can be normal. Blood or a brownish color can suggest a more serious condition. If this is a new finding, you should contact your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a bug bite cause nipple discharge?

Can a bug bite cause nipple discharge?

Nipple discharge: Should not. 2 different things. If you have nipple discharge, is it both breasts? Color? How do you see it? ...Read more

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What can cause nipple discharge after intense stimulation?

What can cause nipple discharge after intense stimulation?

Stimulation: Nipple discharge is common and usually not related to cancer, unless it is bloody. The stimulation alone will cause discharge. As long as it is clear, white, milky, yellow or green there is not anything to worry about. If it becomes brown or red/bloody, then see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Causes of green nipple discharge and lump? In a guy!

Causes of green nipple discharge and lump? In a guy!

Infection: Sounds like an infection. See your doctor for evaluation, possible cultures and to start antibiotic. ...Read more

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Could gynecomastia cause nipple discharge?

Could gynecomastia cause nipple discharge?

Possible but: Nipple discharge in a male is not normal . If its fluid or milky it could be galactorrhea, which can be caused by medications, hormone imbalances and even tumors. You should definitely go get checked out. Seek a plastic surgeon for your gynecomastia after you find out what the cause is first for the discharge. ...Read more

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What causes nipple discharge in a non pregnant woman?

Get eval: Reasons for nipple discharge can include stimulation of the breast, pregnancy, medications, galactorrhea (secretion of milk or similar substance), an abscess or other breast infection, hormonal imbalances (like hypothyroidism), fibrocystic breasts (breasts are very fibrous), blocked mammary duct, breast cancer and intraductal papilloma (non cancerous mass), use of marijuana, anise and fennel. ...Read more

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Which other than pregnancy can cause nipple discharge ?

Many etiologies: There are many causes of nipple discharge. All need to be evaluated by a physician. Most of these causes are not cancer, but, certainly needs evaluation. Drugs/medications, trauma, hormonal imbalances, are just a few possible causes. ...Read more

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SIR, My girlfriend has thyroid. Is it a cause of her nipple discharge?

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     My girlfriend has thyroid. Is it a cause of her  nipple discharge?

Depends: Everyone has a thyroid. It is an organ located at the bottom of the neck. If she has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism this can cause abnormal lactation ( Galactorrhea). The solution is to treat the thyroid problem so that the hormonal balance is restored. There are other cause of galactorrhea as well so an evaluation by her doctor is warranted ...Read more

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Does fibroadenoma also cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

No: A fibroadenoma is a solid benign mass. It can increase in size or become more sensitive/painful during pregnancy due to the increased hormone exposure. If the fibroadenoma is larger, meaning over 2 cm, it could be compressing/blocking a nearby duct but the mass itself does not produce fluid and result in nipple discharge. ...Read more

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What all causes nipple discharge on birth control an took pregnacy test it was negative?

Several causes: Breast discharge can come from an elevated prolactin level or from excessive breast stimulation or because it takes a long time for breast milk production to go away. If the discharge is bloody there might be a growth in the breast. Get this checked. ...Read more

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Can birth control pill cause nipple discharge?

Yes: Some women report a white/clear discharge. But if you remain concerned, get checked by your obgyn. Always better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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What can cause nipple discharge & irregular periods?

What can cause nipple discharge & irregular periods?

See below: Purchase a home pregnancy test. They turn positive by the time you'd start your next expected period. If negative, repeat in 1 week and call your doctor. ...Read more

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Does breast fibroadenoma cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Does breast fibroadenoma cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Generally, not: A breast fibroadenoma is usually solid, well defined, and "rubbery" to palpation and does not involve the mammary ducts, thus no discharge. During pregnancy, the discharge may be the initial preparation of the breasts to manufacture milk. Call your OB md and have it evaluated. ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


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Nipple Discharge (Definition)

Nipple discharge is any fluid seeping from one or both ...Read more