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What causes white liquid discharge from breast?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: My girlfriend often see white liquids coming out of her breast any time she examine it or squeeze it. The first liquid that comes out after squeezing it is clear like water but when she continues, it become whitish but not as thick as milk. She had done two pregnancy test in the past two weeks. But the result is negative. Please advise what the problem is and if there are any possible solution or suggestion regarding the symptom
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Answered by Dr. Shanti Vennam (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Needs further clarification.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us.

There are a few facts that I need to know to comment better. I would like to know if she has been trying to conceive, has a missed period or is ovulating now. I would also like to know the duration of the discharge and if there is any feeling of pain or lump in the breast.

Ovulation can cause nipple discharge in many and so is an early pregnancy state. A urine pregnancy test reads well when done 3-7 days after a missed period with a fresh early morning sample of urine. If repeated tests done as per instructions are negative, pregnancy is unlikely. Yet, estimation of serum beta-hCG can give a definite conclusion.

I would also ask her to see a specialist for an examination to see if there is anything else causing the discharge.

Hope I have clarified your query. Please feel free to contact for further information. I will be happy to help.

Regards,
Shanti.V.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shanti Vennam (10 hours later)

Hi XXXXXXX

Thanks for the prompt response to my question.

There is no missed period , the discharge has been on for the past one week and there is no pain nor lump in the breast. I will have her see a specialist so she can be examined.




Thank You, XXXXXXX






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Answered by Dr. Shanti Vennam (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please go ahead with evaluation.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing back.

The chances of pregnancy being the likely cause for the discharge seem to be grim as there is no missed period yet. If she is in the mid-cycle, ovulation can cause it. Yet, I would suggest going ahead with an evaluation to enable further management.

Please note that recent child birth or an abortion also can cause such discharges. Hormone excess is another likely cause in the absence of any organic cause.

Hope I have answered your query. Please contact if you need any more information. I will be ready to help.

regards,
Shanti.V.













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What causes white liquid discharge from breast?

Brief Answer: Needs further clarification. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. There are a few facts that I need to know to comment better. I would like to know if she has been trying to conceive, has a missed period or is ovulating now. I would also like to know the duration of the discharge and if there is any feeling of pain or lump in the breast. Ovulation can cause nipple discharge in many and so is an early pregnancy state. A urine pregnancy test reads well when done 3-7 days after a missed period with a fresh early morning sample of urine. If repeated tests done as per instructions are negative, pregnancy is unlikely. Yet, estimation of serum beta-hCG can give a definite conclusion. I would also ask her to see a specialist for an examination to see if there is anything else causing the discharge. Hope I have clarified your query. Please feel free to contact for further information. I will be happy to help. Regards, Shanti.V.