Supernumerary Nipple Treatment & Management

Updated: Mar 05, 2018
  • Author: Nicholas V Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Surgical Care

Cosmetically undesirable or symptomatic supernumerary nipples should be removed with complete surgical excision, although the use of liquid nitrogen cryotherapy has been described. [42] The removal of polymastia or a complete ectopic supernumerary nipple (with breast) is more involved but is indicated in women at high risk of developing breast cancer. [43] To avoid an unsightly scar after the removal of a complete ectopic supernumerary nipple, the tumescent liposuction technique has been suggested. [44, 45]

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The presence of a sporadic supernumerary nipple in an otherwise healthy individual is typically not an indication for a thorough workup for other malformations. Exceptions are a supernumerary nipple accompanied by additional minor malformations, a prominent ectopic supernumerary nipple, or an established familial supernumerary nipple. Physical examination and mammography of ectopic breast tissue should occur at the frequency recommended for normal breast tissue in a particular patient.