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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Milky nipple discharge

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Milky Fluid Leaking From the Breast

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced milky fluid leaking from the breast. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Physiologic Breast Discharge

    Physiologic breast discharge is any fluid that comes out of the nipple area in your breast.

    Variable

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nipple discharge, randomly leaking fluid from the breast
    Symptoms that never occur with physiologic breast discharge:
    breast lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.High Prolactin Hormone Level

    Hyperprolactinemia is a common hormonal disorder in which there are higher than normal levels of prolactin in the blood.

    Depending on the severity of illness, therapy ranges from watchful waiting to medication or surgery.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, vaginal bleeding, irregular period, decreased sex drive, enlargement of breasts
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. It is caused by uncontrolled and fast growth of damaged cells in the breast tissue. These cells can also move to the lymph nodes and sometimes other organs. The main symptom of breast cancer is a hard or firm, non-mobile, usually non-tender lump in the breast that increases in size.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    breast pain, armpit lump, breast mass or retraction, breast lump, nipple discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Prolactinoma

    Prolactinomas are common non-cancerous pituitary tumors. This growth causes too much of the hormone prolactin to be produced.

    Treatment is dependent on size of growth as well as symptom severity.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, vision changes, decreased sex drive, impotence, milky fluid leaking from the breast
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Acromegaly

    Acromegaly is an uncommon condition where the body makes too much growth hormone, which is a hormone made by the pituitary gland that stimulates growth and repair of various body tissues. In most cases the excess hormone comes from a small non-cancerous growth in the pituitary gland.

    Surgery is effective in returning hormone levels to normal, but body abnormalities will remain for life.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, fatigue, joint pain, weight gain, vision changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Milky Fluid Leaking From the Breast

  • Q.Has anyone in your family had cancer?
  • Q.What color is your discharge?
  • Q.When was your last menstrual period?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Milky Fluid Leaking From the Breast Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced milky fluid leaking from the breast have also experienced:

    • 13% Breast Pain
    • 5% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
    • 4% Vaginal Bleeding
  • People who have experienced milky fluid leaking from the breast had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Day
    • 19% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced milky fluid leaking from the breast were most often matched with:

    • 40% Breast Cancer
    • 30% Physiologic Breast Discharge
    • 30% High Prolactin Hormone Level
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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