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Uncommon ‘ectopic breast tissue’ brought on lady to lactate from her vulva

Girls can expertise some odd physique modifications after being pregnant, however for one mom in Austria, these modifications have been significantly uncommon: A uncommon situation brought on her to lactate from her vulva after childbirth, in response to a brand new report of the case.

The 29-year-old lady had just lately given start to her second youngster when she developed extreme ache on the proper facet of her vulva. Docs observed she had lots of swelling in an space the place she had acquired sutures, and so they thought she had developed an abscess. But it surely was really one thing a lot rarer.


The lady mentioned that 4 days after giving start, she developed swelling on either side of her vulva and observed the discharge of a “milky white” fluid from the realm. She mentioned she’d had related swelling in her vulva after her first being pregnant.

Docs then suspected that the lady had “ectopic” breast tissue, or breast tissue that is discovered someplace within the physique exterior the breast, and the tissue was lactating.

Certainly, when medical doctors carried out an ultrasound of the realm, they may see that the tissue regarded identical to lactating breast tissue, besides that it was on the vulva.

It appeared that the proper facet was significantly swollen and painful as a result of the sutures have been protecting an “excretory duct” for the milk. As soon as these sutures have been eliminated, the lady’s ache instantly abated, in response to the report, which is printed within the July concern of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Dr. Richard Mayer, of the Division of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecologic Endocrinology at Kepler College Hospital in Austria, who handled the affected person, mentioned he had by no means seen a case like this earlier than.

About 1 % to five % of feminine infants are born with ectopic or “accessory” breast tissue, nevertheless it’s very uncommon to seek out this tissue within the vulva, the report mentioned. Mostly, ectopic breast tissue happens within the armpit space. In some instances, ladies have further breast tissue with nipples or areola (the pigmented space surrounding the nipple), however in different instances, the breast tissue alone is current, with out nipples or areola.

When ladies have ectopic breast tissue with out nipples or areola, the situation is usually recognized in being pregnant, when it is simpler to detect, Mayer mentioned. In different instances, ladies could also be recognized if the tissue turns into cancerous.

There aren’t particular tips for treating ectopic breast tissue, the report mentioned, however the tissue will be eliminated due to the way it appears or as a result of it is inflicting discomfort, in response to a 2014 paper on accent breast tissue within the American Journal of Roentgenology.


Within the present case, the lady’s ache, swelling and milk secretion within the ectopic tissue decreased over the following two weeks and she or he was in a position to proceed breastfeeding usually. Since ectopic breast tissue can turn into cancerous, medical doctors beneficial that girls who’ve it think about having the tissue eliminated.

Though the situation is uncommon, medical doctors ought to think about it as a attainable prognosis amongst ladies who’ve swelling within the vulva, particularly if they’re lactating, the authors mentioned.

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Initially printed on Dwell Science.

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