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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Itchy nipple with brown discharge
My right nipple has been itching very badly for the past 3 days, and tonight I noticed a brown discharge coming from one duct? Should I be worried about this?
That type of symptom (brown discharge) does need to be evaluated by a surgeon; the itching is less medically concerning. Sometimes brown discharge suggests bleeding within a duct, and a biopsy may be needed. I would start with your primary care provider and update mammograms, but even if the mammograms are negative (normal) this needs further investigation to find a cause. Even though it may be benign (not cancerous), you need to get to the bottom of the problem.
Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University