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Alternative namesPolymastia; Polythelia; Accessory nipples
DefinitionThis condition is the presence of additional nipples.
Supernumerary nipples are a fairly common occurrence, generally unrelated to other conditions or syndromes. They usually occur in a line below the existing nipple and are often not recognized as extra nipples, because they are usually small and not well formed.
Usually no treatment is needed. The extra nipples DO NOT develop into breasts at puberty.
Call your health care provider if
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Documenting supernumerary nipples usually includes simply noting that the infant had extra nipples (also how many and where on the chest they were located).
After seeing your health care provider:
Update Date: 5/21/2002Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT