Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Intraductal Papilloma Evaluation

The evaluation of intraductal papilloma begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in a woman with intraductal papilloma may include:

  • Breast lump:
    • Often a lump is found by a woman during self-examination
  • Breast dimpling:
    • A dimple in the skin over the breast
  • Nipple discharge

Tests are required to make the diagnosis of intraductal papilloma.

Tests that may be used to evaluate intraductal papilloma include:

Intraductal Papilloma Biopsy

A breast biopsy is usually necessary for many women with an intraductal papilloma. A needle biopsy can obtain a sample of tissue or fluid from a breast cyst. Large or deep breast lumps may require an open biopsy.

Examples of breast biopsy:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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