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DefinitionIntraductal papilloma is a small, benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows within a milk duct of the breast.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Intraductal papilloma occurs most frequently in women between the ages 35-55. The causes and risk factors are unknown.
Signs and tests
Surgical removal (excision) of the involved duct and the mass of cells is done for a biopsy and to assure that cancer is not present.
Support GroupsThere may be local support groups available for women with breast disease in your area. You should ask your doctor or health care provider for recommendations.
The outcome is expected to be excellent for patients with solitary tumors. Patients with multiple papillomas or who develop them at an early age may have an increased risk of developing cancer, particularly if they have a family history of cancer or there are abnormal cells in the biopsy.
The possible complications of surgery include bleeding, infection, and the risk of the anaesthesia used. If the biopsy shows cancer, further surgery may be needed.
Calling your health care provider
Call for your health care provider if you notice any breast discharge or discover a breast lump.
There is no known prevention. Breast self-examination and screening mammography may allow early detection.
Update Date: 11/4/2003Grace Jeon, M.D., M.P.H, General Surgeon, Pasadena, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT