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Bleeding nipple Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Bleeding nipple. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When did you first notice the bleeding nipple?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it from one or both nipples?

    Why: if unilateral and bloody discharge consider breast cancer, Paget's disease, papillary cystadenoma, epithelioma of the nipple; If bilateral bloody discharge suggests Mammary dysplasia (chronic cystic mastitis).

  3. Past history of breast cancer?
  4. Family history of breast cancer in first degree relative?

    Why: increases the risk threefold.

  5. Breast lump

    Why: a focal mass in the breast with a bloody discharge makes a breast cancer almost certain. Mammary dysplasia can cause breast nodularity and sometimes a discrete lump but this varies with the menstrual period and usually causes multiple or bilateral masses.

  6. Breast pain

    Why: a bloody discharge associated with a breast pain suggests breast cancer if unilateral; mammary dysplasia if bilateral (causes discomfort particularly before the menstrual period and settles after the period).

  7. Breast swelling before the menstrual period

    Why: suggest Mammary dysplasia.

  8. Symptoms suggestive of metastatic disease e.g. back pain, shortness of breath, weight loss, and headache
  9. Itching or burning of the nipple, with superficial erosion or ulceration

    Why: suggests Paget's disease of the breast.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bleeding nipple:

The following list of conditions have 'Bleeding nipple' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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