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Intraductal Papilloma

What is Intraductal Papilloma?

Intraductal Papilloma is a medical condition characterized by wart-like growth of cells in the small milk ducts behind the areola (the dark area around the nipple), leading to small lump under the areola and abnormal nipple discharge. In some cases, people with intraductal papilloma may feel pain in the lumpy area. They can be found in women of any ages, although younger women tend to develop multiple papillomas whereas older women who reached menopause usually only have one papilloma. Treatment is usually not needed unless the nipple discharge persists over a long period of time. Although intraductal papilloma is not cancerous and will not increase the risk of developing breast cancer, it is still important for women with this condition to have regular breast examination to detect any changes in the breasts.

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Intraductal Papilloma?

Signs and symptoms of Intraductal Papilloma may include:

  • A small bump or lump under the areola
  • Abnormal nipple discharge
  • Breast pain
  • Enlargement of one or both breasts

What Causes Intraductal Papilloma?

The cause of Intraductal Papilloma is not known or still under medical review.

What Increases the Risk of Intraductal Papilloma?

The risk of Intraductal Papilloma increases when you/your:

  • Are between the age of 35 and 55 years old

What Complications Can Intraductal Papilloma Cause?

Intraductal Papilloma may result in the following complications:

How Can You Prevent Intraductal Papilloma?

No specific prevention guideline exists for Intraductal Papilloma at this moment.

What Treatments are Available for Intraductal Papilloma?

No known treatment is available for Intraductal Papilloma at this moment.

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