Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infant Nipple Discharge Evaluation

The evaluation of nipple discharge in infants begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in an infant with nipple discharge may include:

  • Blood draining from the breast
  • Clear fluid draining from the breast
  • Milky fluid draining from the breast
  • Breast redness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Breast swelling

Tests are rarely necessary to evaluate nipple discharge in infants.

Tests that may be used to evaluate nipple discharge in infants include:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Infant Nipple Discharge References
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