Supernumerary nipples

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Definition

Supernumerary nipples is 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.

Common 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.

Call your health care provider if

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 health care provider's office

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

References

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 2/1/2012
  • Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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