Nipple Discharge From Pores

What Causes Nipple Discharge From Several Pores?

Nipple discharge from several pores can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose nipple discharge from several pores, we could:

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  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "nipple discharge from several pores" as a symptom.  For example, breast cancer.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
breast cancer in mother
current birth control pill use
discharge from one nipple only
history of birth control pill use
almost-black nipple discharge
high alcohol consumption
drinking water treated with chlorine
bloodstained nipple discharge
breast cancer in family members
swollen axillary nodes
extended bra wearing
history of breast cancer
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of nipple discharge from several pores.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having nipple problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If you have any unusual discharge from your nipples, can you tell if it is coming from just one pore (opening), or from more than one? Each nipple has about 15-20 tiny pores.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know / I am pregnant or lactating
→ There is no discharge
→ The discharge is coming from only 1 pore
→ The discharge is coming from more than 1 pore
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either single-pore nipple discharge or multiple-pore nipple discharge, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Breast Cancer.  The cause is extremely unlikely to be breast cancer if the discharge is coming from several pores, and it does not contain any blood, and you are under 50 years of age.  If the discharge is bloodstained, or it is emerging from just one pore, your doctor will refer you to a hospital clinic for tests (such as ultrasound, mammography and looking at the discharge under the microscope) to make sure that breast cancer is not responsible.
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