An intraductal papilloma is a a small benign tumor that forms in the milk duct of the breast.
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
- Palpable breast mass: NOT REQUIRED sometimes is absent as well
- Pathological nipple discharge: unilateral, bloody, serious
- Unilateral bloody discharge can be seen
- Often this papilloma is not palpable on exam.
Mammography is often the first step (with the presentation above). This can be used to rule out carcinoma (even if there is no palpable breast mass). In the case of intraductal papilloma it can reveal no findings, or a single dilated breast duct.
Ultrasound may also be performed in certain circumstances. In the case of intraductal papilloma it can reveal no findings, or a single dilated breast duct.
Excision/biopsy of the affected duct may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
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