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Is duct ectasia of the breasts a serious condition?

Thursday, 26 August 2004
Answered by: Dr. Indraneel Mittra
Director General,
Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Raisen Byepass Road
Bhopal
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Q. I am 57 years old. Recently I took a mammogram and ultrasound which reported: suggestive of bilateral mild retroareolar duct ectasia. I took a second opinion and that ultrasound reported bilateral retracted nipples. What do these mean?

A.  Duct ectasia is a very common finding in women of your age. It only means slight dilatation of the milk ducts due to accumulation of normal secretions from these milk ducts. This is often caused by retracted (in-drawn) nipples as suggested by the second ultrasound report. There is nothing to worry about.

A.  Duct ectasia is a very common finding in women of your age. It only means slight dilatation of the milk ducts due to accumulation of normal secretions from these milk ducts. This is often caused by retracted (in-drawn) nipples as suggested by the second ultrasound report. There is nothing to worry about.

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