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Have dark discharge from one duct of nipple, tender sensation close to arm. Done mammogram. What does this mean?

I have a dark discharge from one duct of my nipple when I message toward the nipple .also have a deep tender sensation on the side of breast close to the arm pit. The discharge does not happen on its own, but is quite dark like old blood. I have had a recent normal mammogram about two months ago. Thanks for any insight that you might have
Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
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Mammogram is only a screening test to rule out early cancer of the breast. From the description you have given it could be a benign lesion like duct papilloma which can be safely treated. Visit a Surgeon and things will be taken care of.
Take care
Answered: Tue, 15 Oct 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Vandana Khare's  Response
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A bloody discharge from the nipple may be alarming, but in most cases it is
caused by a benign condition however it is a reason for concern and more testing.
If the discharge is coming from more than one breast duct or from both breasts it is often from a benign condition such as fibrocystic changes or duct ectasia .If the discharge is from a single duct, it can be caused by a
benign condition like intraductal papilloma or duct ectasia.
since there is tenderness there can be infected hematoma.get yourself examined.take care!
Answered: Tue, 15 Oct 2013
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