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Purpose of mammary gland removal in breast?

Purpose of mammary gland removal in breast?

Most of the time: The reason a breast is removed is cancer. The second largest reason would be in woman with many lumps who are tired of having to continually have them removed. Removing a breast for other reasons would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What does the male mammary gland feel like?

What does the male mammary gland feel like?

Minimally glandular: Male breast has less glandular tissue, less fat, small areolae-r the rounded pigmneted skin around the nipple and small nipples . But when you suspect a lump causes are gynaecomastia is a condition in which a male has enlarged breast like a female breast, more pendulous for a male than less. Bilateral pgynaecomastia occurs in alcoholics, cirrhossi from more estroges. Cance needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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How can you increase the size of your mammary gland in your breasts?

How can you increase the size of your mammary gland in your breasts?

No natural augment: I suspect you are asking about ways to increase breast size without surgery. I've never seen any scientific literature or patient studies that show any real improvement without surgery. I thnk a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is the right place to start if you are thinking about breast enhancement. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of a man's nipple if he doesn't have mammary gland?

What's the purpose of a man's nipple if he doesn't have mammary gland?

Has glands: In utero, all parts are there to start, then differentiate, according to genes (xx female, xy male), hormonal triggers. ...Read more

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Is it possible to transplant mammary gland in an amastia patient?

Is it possible to transplant mammary gland in an amastia patient?

Unlikely: When you say possible, it is a stretch. Not likely to happen due an imbalance in the risk of immunosuppression, and the benefit to have it done. This would trump the technical challenges of even attempting to do this. ...Read more

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Does a normal breast have lumps? A large lump at center of breast, when cupped, is mammary gland tissue or tumor?

Does a normal breast have lumps? A large lump at center of breast, when cupped, is mammary gland tissue or tumor?

See below: A normal breast should not have any clear lump or mass, provided you feel for it by using the flat part of your hand/fingers. Some women have 'lumpy'' breast, often due to fibrocyctic changes which are fairly common in otherwise healthy breasts. If you can feel any lumps in your breast, you must seek a medical examination by a health care professional who can do clinical breast examination for you. ...Read more

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I lost 3 sizes of breast since I started to take contraception pills (more helping to control my crazy hormones). How can I get my mammary gland back?

I lost 3 sizes of breast since I started to take contraception pills (more helping to control my crazy hormones). How can I get my mammary gland back?

Your experience ..: ...is unusual. Most women increase their breast sizes when taking oral contraceptives. Typically, the higher the estrogen component in the pill, the larger the breast becomes. With lower dose pills such as you may be taking the effects on the breast are less striking. Weight loss could contribute to smaller breast size. Work with your doctor on the type/dose of your pills, as well as other causes ...Read more

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At 10 CM from nipple of right mammary gland is observed hardened area with non-homogeneous structure having microcalcifications.Doctors advise surgery

At 10 CM from nipple of right mammary gland is observed hardened area with non-homogeneous structure having microcalcifications.Doctors advise surgery

Breast biopsy: Usually image guided needle biopsy is performed first, to avoid unnecessary surgery and, if the biopsy turns out positive, to enable optimum presurgical planning and discussion of treatment options. Microcalcifications per se are not malignant or premalignant: 80% turn out to be benign on biopsy. I'm not sure what is meant by "non homogeneous structure", it is not standard breast US terminology ...Read more

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Are there mammary glands on both sides of each breast?

Are there mammary glands on both sides of each breast?

Yes,: The breast tissue typically has a tail that extends towards the armpit. On rare occasions people can develop accessory breasts and nipples (like other mammals such as dogs) that extend along the mammary line anywhere from the axilla to the groin. ...Read more

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Do bras cause breast cancer by not allowing natural cooling of the mammary glands?

Do bras cause breast cancer by not allowing natural cooling of the mammary glands?

No: I do not believe there is any evidence for bras increasing cancer risk. Wear what is pleasing to you aesthetically and comfortably. ...Read more

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Can I get an infection in my mammary glands?

Can I get an infection in my mammary glands?

Yes: You can get an infection anywhere. A breast infection is called mastitis and is common in women who are nursing. Infections can occur associated with any surgery of the breast as well. ...Read more

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Pain in left armpit radiating to breast and arm. Doc says no swollen glands, no redness. Don't feel ill but pain persists. Second opinion? Infection?

Pain in left armpit radiating to breast and arm. Doc says no swollen glands, no redness. Don't feel ill but pain persists. Second opinion? Infection?

Infection unlikely: Infection anywhere in the body will show signs of inflammation besides pain. Inflammation will produce fever and local tenderness and reddness. In the absence of these signs, infection is unlikely. Pain in the arm can originate in the neck in case there is pressure on the nerves. You should ask your doctor to give you some pain medication and continue to monitor your pain. More tests may be requir. ...Read more

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Where are the male mammary glands?

Where are the male mammary glands?

Under nipples: Same as in a woman, but they are extremely small, just a few tiny ducts, and lobules never develop. ...Read more

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Why are guys so overly fascianted by female mammary glands?

Why are guys so overly fascianted by  female mammary glands?

Difficult to answer: Desiring large breasts seems to be a peculiarly american idea of beauty. It is becoming more popular worldwide, but traditionally asian women might bind their chests and a small breast in brazil is considered beautiful. Go figure! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have clogged mammary glands in breasts?

Yes: Most likely from frequent pumping. Or it could be a galactocele. ...Read more