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Enlargement of milk ducts (ductal ectasia)


Enlargement of milk ducts (ductal ectasia)

Ductal ectasia is the enlargement and hardening of the milk duct. Enlargement of the milk ducts is most common in women between the ages of 40 and 50.

The patient’s complaint is that a green-black, thick, viscous liquid comes from the nipple. The nipple and its immediate surrounding tissues may be red and painful. If a mass forms, it may be confused with cancer. There are many patients who recover spontaneously without any treatment. Simple painkillers and warm compresses are helpful. Usually there is no need for surgical intervention. Rarely, it is necessary to surgically remove the enlarged milk duct or ducts.


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