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Nipple discharge

What is Nipple discharge

​Nipple discharge refers to fluid that seeps out of the nipple in non-lactating women. 80% of nipple discharge is normal.

Causes of the condition

If the nipple discharge resolves on its own, it may simply be a normal (physiological) part of the breast's function.

Other possible causes of nipple discharge include: abscess, breast infection, hormone imbalance, fibrocystic breasts, pregnancy, duct ectasia and papillomas.

Signs & symptoms

​Discharge may come from one or multiple ducts on the same nipple, and from either one or both breasts. If the discharge persists, please consult your doctor.

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