INTRADUCTAL PAPILLOMA

 

Women who have had multiple intraductal papillomas or whose intraductal papillomas contained atypical cells are then encouraged to be breast aware and see their doctor for regular check-ups.

An intraductal papilloma is a wart-like lump that forms in the milk ducts of the breasts. While an intraductal papilloma is a benign (non-cancerous) breast condition, having several papillomas can increase your risk of developing breast cancer in the future and should thus be evaluated by a breast specialist.

Signs and symptoms of a papilloma:

  • A small lump near the nipple or multiple smaller lumps farther from your nipple
  • Clear or bloody discharge from the nipple
  • Swelling in the breast
  • Pain or discomfort in the breast
1CAUSES
It develops when there's an abnormal overgrowth of cells in the milk ducts. The development of an intraductal papilloma is more common amongst women over the age of 40, usually develops as the breast ages and changes.
2DIAGNOSIS
If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be beneficial to have a breast specialist such as Dr van Schalkwyk assess it. Diagnosis is done with a routine breast screening, mammogram and an ultrasound scan. A biopsy will then be done to see if the intraductal papillomas contain atypical cells and rule out the presence of cancer. Intraductal papillomas are often removed using surgery and for some removal of the affected ducts (microdochectomy) or all the major ducts (total duct excision) may be advised.

Women who have had multiple intraductal papillomas or whose intraductal papillomas contained atypical cells are then encouraged to be breast aware and see their doctor for regular check-ups.


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