Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Milky Nipple Discharge Evaluation

The evaluation of galactorrhea begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with galactorrhea include:

  • Milky breast discharge
  • A single breast lump
  • Breast nodules

Testing is usually required to determine the underlying cause.

Tests that may be used to evaluate galactorrhea include:

Galactorrhea may be caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland.

Imaging tests that may be used to evaluate the pituitary gland in someone with galactorrhea include:

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Milky Nipple Discharge References
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  2. Verhelst J, Abs R. Hyperprolactinemia: pathophysiology and management. Treat Endocrinol. 2003;2(1):23-32. [15871552]
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