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Glossary for Nipple discharge

Medical terms related to Nipple discharge or mentioned in this section include:

  • Adenoid cystic carcionoma: Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the breast is a rare neoplasm. It has a biological course of slow progression and near absence of Iymph node metastasis.
  • Adrenogenital syndrome: this condition is also more properly known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia refers to a group of inherited disorders of the adrenal gland
  • Ahumada-Del Castillo Syndrome: A form of secondary amenorrhea often resulting from a pituitary gland tumor. The condition causes galactorrhea and amenorrhea even when the patient is not pregnant.
  • Bleeding nipple: Bleeding from the nipple
  • Bleeding symptoms: Any type of bleeding symptoms.
  • Breast Cancer: A condition which is characterized by the presence of malignant tissue within breast tissue
  • Breast Duct Papilloma: Benign tumour of the collecting duct of the breast.
  • Breast Feeding: Nursing an infant with breast milk.
  • Breast abscess: The presence of an abscess which has formed within the breast
  • Breast cancer: A condition which is characterized by the presence of malignant tissue within breast tissue
  • Breast cancer stages: 0, I, II, III, IV: Cancer stage is based on the size of the tumor, whether the cancer is invasive or non-invasive, whether lymph nodes are involved, and whether the cancer has spread beyond the breast.

    Stage 0- is used to describe non-invasive breast cancers, such as DCIS and LCIS. In stage 0, there is no evidence of cancer cells or non-cancerous abnormal cells breaking out of the part of the breast in which they started, or of getting through to or invading neighboring normal tissue.

    Stage 1- describes invasive breast cancer (cancer cells are breaking through to or invading neighboring normal tissue) in which the tumor measures up to 2 centimeters and no lymph nodes are involved.

    Stage 2- Stage 2 is divided into subcategories known as 2A and 2B.

    Stage 2A- No tumor can be found in the breast, but cancer cells are found in the axillary lymph nodes (the lymph nodes under the arm).

    Stage 2B- the tumor is larger than 2 but no larger than 5 centimeters and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes.

    Stage 3- Stage III is divided into subcategories known as IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC.

    Stage 3A- no tumor is found in the breast. Cancer is found in axillary lymph nodes that are clumped together or sticking to other structures, or cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone.

    Stage 3B- the tumor may be any size and has spread to the chest wall and/or skin of the breast

    Stage 3C- there may be no sign of cancer in the breast or, if there is a tumor, it may be any size and may have spread to the chest wall and/or the skin of the breast, and the cancer has spread to lymph nodes above or below the collarbone.

    Stage 4- the cancer has spread to other organs of the body -- usually the lungs, liver, bone, or brain.

  • Breast carcinoma: Carcinoma occurring in breast tissue.
  • Breast conditions: Any condition affecting the breast
  • Breast infection: Inflammatory conditions affecting the breast tissue.
  • Breast lump: Lump in the breast or on the skin area
  • Breast symptoms: Any symptom affecting one or both breasts.
  • Chest symptoms: Symptoms affecting the chest region.
  • Chlorpromazine -- Teratogenic Agent: There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Chlorpromazine (a neuroleptic drug) during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • Choriocarcinoma: Rare cancer of the placenta
  • Chronic renal failure: Long-term and generally irreversible disease of the kidneys due to infection, obstruction, congenital diseases or generalised diseases causing failure of the kidneys' normal functions.
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: A condition where excessive secretion of adrenocortical androgens cause a somatic masculization or ?virilization? effect on a fetus or baby. Symptoms in girls may include masculization of sex organs, low voice, acne, amenorrhea and masculine hair distribution and muscle growth. Symptoms in boys include enlarged penis, small testes. Children with the condition are usually taller than average but develop into short adults. Also called adrenogenital syndrome or adrenal virilism.
  • Cyst: Fluid-filled lump under the skin often produced by over-secreting gland
  • Discharge: Various types of fluid discharges
  • Ductal ectasia: Dilation and inflammation of the mammary duct.
  • Endocrine disorders: Any disorder that affects the endocrine system
  • Galactocele: A milk filled cyst caused by a blocked mammary duct.
  • Galactorrhea: This is where there is an excessive or spontaneous flow of milk from the female breast
  • Hyperprolactinemia: High levels of prolactin in the blood.
  • Inflammatory breast cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and aggressive form of invasive breast cancer, where the skin of the breast becomes red, inflamed and pitted in appearance.
  • Invasive breast cancer: Invasive breast cancers usually are epithelial tumors of ductal or lobular origin. Features such as size, status of surgical margin, estrogen receptors (ER) and progesterone receptors (PR), nuclear and histologic grade, DNA content, S-phase fraction, vascular invasion, tumor necrosis, and quantity of intraductal component are all important in deciding on a course of treatment for any breast tumor.
  • Invasive ductal carcinoma: Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), sometimes called infiltrating ductal carcinoma, is the most common type of breast cancer. About 80% of all breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas.
  • Lactation in females: Lactation in females is a condition in which the breasts produce and discharge milk and can also refer to the time in which a mother breastfeeds an infant..
  • Locally advanced breast cancer:
  • Male Breast Cancer: Cancer of the breast in males.
  • Mastitis: Infected breast common in nursing mothers
  • Medullary carcionoma: Medullary carcinoma of the breast is a variant of breast cancer. These tumors have a similar presentation to other breast cancers but are distinguished by a characteristic histologic appearance.
  • Metaplastic carcinoma: Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is a rare neoplasm containing a mixture of epithelial and mesenchymal elements.
  • Metastatic breast cancer: Metastatic breast cancer is the term used to describe cancer that has spread from the original site in the breast to other organs or tissues in the body.
  • Micropapillary carcinoma: Invasive micropapillary carcinoma (IMPC) is a rare subtype of epithelial tumor of the breast. It has a high incidence of axillary lymph node metastasis, in keeping with an angioinvasive phenotype. IMPC was considered an aggressive subtype of breast carcinoma.
  • Nerve symptoms: Symptoms affecting the nerves
  • Nipple abnormality: Abnormality in the sensation, texture or appearance of the nipples, or unusual associated symptoms such as bleeding or discharge
  • Nipple conditions: Any condition that affects the nipples
  • Nipple discharge: Discharge of fluid or milk from one or both breasts
  • Nipple discharge in pregnancy: Nipple discharge in pregnancy refers to discharge from the nipple in a woman who is pregnant.
  • Nipple pain: Nipple pain is discomfort in a nipple.
  • Nipple symptoms: Any symptom affecting the nipple.
  • Paget's Disease: Breast carcinoma involving nipple and areola.
  • Pituitary Cancer: Cancer of the pituitary gland.
  • Pituitary conditions: Any condition that affects the pituitary
  • Pre-invasive breast cancer:
  • Pregnancy: Symptoms related to pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy symptoms: Symptoms related to pregnancy.
  • Prolactinoma: Benign cancer of the pituitary gland producing prolactin.
  • Sensations: Changes to sensations or the senses
  • Skin symptoms: Symptoms affecting the skin.
  • Stress: Emotional stress (sometimes refers to physical stress)
  • Swelling symptoms: Symptoms causing swelling or enlargement.
  • Thyroid disease: Any medical condition which affects the thyroid
  • Van Wyk-Grumbach syndrome: A condition involving premature menstruation and abnormal milk production in children who suffer from severe hypothyroidism.
  • Zuskas Disease: A metaplastic condition that affects the lactiferous ducts of the breast

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Nipple discharge:

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Last revision: Nov 26, 2003

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