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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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8/6/2017I'm 42 years old and noticed clear discharge from my left nipple about 1.5 years ago only when squeezed. Fluid and bloodwork was neg so my Dr. said not to worry. Also had 2 normal yearly mammograms. The past few months the fluid has been leaving a tiny mark on my bra and my breast has been slightly sore. Last week I saw a tiny scab on my nipple, squeezed and saw bright red blood. Fluid again was neg. I was referred to a breast surgeon. Radiologist saw nothing on U/S but the surgeon thought he may have seen something in a duct and recommended a follow-up MRI but said not to worry, go on my vacation and have it when I came back. MRI could not be scheduled before I left. I'm having breast soreness and worried about my lymph nodes. I'm and RN and upset this was let go for a year and that I didn't follow up on it earlier. I'm away with my children and cannot schedule my MRI for another week.
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8/7/2017Nipple discharge is often due to benign causes. It can be associated with menstrual hormone changes or fibrocystic changes to the breast. A papilloma is a noncancerous tumor that can be associated with nipple discharge. It appears spontaneously and usually involves a single duct. Nipple discharge is often evaluated with an ultrasound of the area behind the nipple and areola to try and determine the cause. A breast MRI may be done if nothing is seen by ultrasound.

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