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Inflammation of the Milk Ducts Overview

Another name for Inflammation of the Milk Ducts is Mammary Duct Ectasia.

What is mammary duct ectasia?
A woman with mammary duct ectasia has non-cancerous inflammation of a milk duct in the breast, near the nipple. This results in lumps under the nipple and nipple discharge. Mammary duct ectasia occurs in males and females, and may be caused by infection or hormone changes.

What are the symptoms of mammary duct ectasia?
Symptoms of mammary duct ectasia include nipple discharge, breast tenderness, nipple tenderness, breast lumps, breast swelling, breast redness, and nipple retraction.

How does the doctor treat mammary duct ectasia?
Treatment for mammary duct ectasia may include warm compresses to the breast, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for mammary duct ectasia may include surgery to remove an abnormal duct.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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