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Milky Breast Discharge Overview

Another name for Milky Breast Discharge is Galactorrhea.

What is galactorrhea?
A person with galactorrhea has a milky-white discharge from the nipple. Causes include withdrawal from oral contraceptive pills and medication side effects. Galactorrhea is common in non-pregnant females, but is very rare in males.

What are the symptoms of galactorrhea?
Symptoms of galactorrhea include a nipple discharge that is white and breast enlargement in males.

How does the doctor treat galactorrhea?
The treatment for galactorrhea depends on the underlying cause.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Milky Breast Discharge References
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