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Supernumerary nipples


Definition:

Supernumerary nipples are the presence of extra nipples.

Alternative Names:

Polymastia; Polythelia; Accessory nipples

Considerations:

Supernumerary nipples are fairly common. They are generally unrelated to other conditions or syndromes. The extra nipples usually occur in a line below the normal nipples. They are usually not recognized as extra nipples because they tend to be small and not well-formed.

Causes:
  • Variation of normal development
  • Some rare genetic syndromes may be associated with supernumerary nipples
Home Care:

Usually, no treatment is needed. The extra nipples do NOT develop into breasts at puberty.

When to Contact a Medical Professional:

Talk to your health care provider if there are supernumerary nipples on an infant and there are other symptoms present.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit:

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the person's medical history. The number and location of extra nipples will be noted.


Review Date: 2/26/2014
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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