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What is abnormal nipple discharge?

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Bloody nipple discharge is never normal. Other signs of abnormality include nipple discharge from only one breast and discharge that occurs spontaneously without anything touching, stimulating, or irritating your breast.

Color isn't usually helpful in deciding if the discharge is normal or abnormal. Both abnormal and normal nipple discharge can be clear, yellow, white, or green in color.

SOURCES:

Gary, R. , December 2007. American Journal of Surgery

National Cancer Institute: "Understanding breast changes: A health guide for women."

University of Michigan Health System: "Nipple discharge."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Evaluation of Common Breast Problems."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Fibrocystic breast changes."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Galactorrhea."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Gary, R. , December 2007. American Journal of Surgery

National Cancer Institute: "Understanding breast changes: A health guide for women."

University of Michigan Health System: "Nipple discharge."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Evaluation of Common Breast Problems."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Fibrocystic breast changes."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Galactorrhea."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 06, 2018

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