Definition of Intraductal papilloma
Intraductal papilloma is a small, noncancerous (benign) that grows in a milk duct of the breast.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Intraductal papilloma occurs most often in women ages 35 – 55. The causes and risk factors are unknown.
Signs and tests
Intraductal papilloma is the most common cause of spontaneous nipple discharge from a single duct.
The involved duct is surgically removed and the cells are checked for cancer ().
The outcome is excellent for people with one tumor. People with many tumors, or who get 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.
Daniel N. Sacks, MD, FACOG. Obstetrics & Gynecology in Private Practice, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by Verimed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 8/17/2009