While duct ectasia usually goes away on its own, in some cases treatment may be needed.
Duct ectasia is a benign (non-cancerous) breast condition that causes a milk duct beneath your nipple to shorten, widen and its walls thicken. The duct may also fill with fluid which can cause the duct to become blocked.
Signs and symptoms of duct ectasia:
While this benign breast condition often causes no symptoms, it may cause:
- A dirty white, greenish or black nipple discharge
- Breast tenderness
- Redness of the nipple or the surrounding area
- A lump or thickening near the clogged duct
- An inverted nipple