Secretion of fluid from the nipple is a common occurrence. For women who are not pregnant or nursing, the leakage is a common occurrence that should not be alarming itself. When the whey is milk (or colostrum, said "first milk") it is defined like galactorrhoea nonpuerperal. The color of the secretion, which can be transparent, yellow, white or greenish, is not useful to understand whether it is a normal condition or an abnormal sign. You should ask for a medical consult. The more serious condition related to this sign is breast cancer, which is in 10% of cases due to serous secretion. Rarely it is also a sign for males.

The secretion of blood from the nipple of a woman or a man is never normal.


What kind of diseases can be associated with secretions or blood from the nipple?

The following diseases may be associated with blood from the nipple:

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast cysts
  • Galactorrhoea
  • Infections
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mastitis (mastitis periductal)
  • Duct obstruction breast (ductal ectasia; ectasia of essential galactophorous or comedomastite)
  • Pituitary tumor (pituitary gland)

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for secretions or blood from the nipple?

Small time-limited secretion is harmless, but if you notice changes in the color , the frequency , the consistency and quantity of liquids or presence of blood you should consult your doctor. In some cases it is sufficient for women to avoid the error by repeatedly crushing the breast and the nipple to verify the secretion. The secretion may cease alone. Otherwise, it is again recommended medical consultation.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of secretions or blood from the nipple?

The patient must know the evolution of the disorder, so he can evaluate the need to seek medical attention. If the problem occurs persistently and is excessive, it is advisable to undergo a specialist.