The Japanese journal of surgery

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 112–120 | Cite as

Characteristics of nipple discharge lesions of the breast and contrast mammography

  • Takeo Amaaki
  • Kohji Enomoto
  • Akio Kosaka
  • Leslie J. Faulkin


Nipple discharge is frequently an embarassing sympton of breast disease. Twenty eight of 40 intraductal papillomas had bloody discharge (70 per cent). Among 240 carcinomas only 11, or 4.6 per cent had nipple discharge. The palpability of the intraductal papilloma with nipple discharge was 14 out of 37 (37.8 per cent), in contrast to 21 of 22 (95.4 per cent) mammary carcinomas. Diagnostic accuracy of contrast mammography was 91.9 per cent in unpalpable intraductal papilloma cases. Speculative blind mastectomy against nipple discharge lesion with unpalpable breast mass should be avoided.

Key Words

bloody nipple discharge intraductal papilloma mammary carcinoma radical mastectomy unpalpable breast lesion contrast mammography microdochectomy 


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© The Japan Surgical Society 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeo Amaaki
    • 1
  • Kohji Enomoto
    • 1
  • Akio Kosaka
    • 1
  • Leslie J. Faulkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery and Breast Service ClinicKeio UniversityTokyo
  2. 2.Department of AnatomyUniversity of California at DavisU.S.A.

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