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Dr.  Priscilla F. McAuliffe will discuss how to distinguish between physiologic and pathologic nipple discharge, the work up, and treatment options.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish between physiologic and pathologic nipple discharge
  • Describe the work up for this problem
  • Discuss the treatment options for different types of nipple discharge

Reading Resources:

  1. Parthasarathy V, Rathnam U. Nipple discharge: an early warning sign of breast cancer. Int J Prev Med. 2012 Nov;3(11):810-4.
  2. Salzman B, Fleegle S, Tully AS. Common breast problems. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Aug 15;86(4):343-9. Review.
  3. Kalu ON, Chow C, Wheeler A, Kong C, Wapnir I. The diagnostic value of nipple discharge cytology: breast imaging complements predictive value of nipple discharge cytology. J Surg Oncol. 2012 Sep 15;106(4):381-5. doi: 10.1002/jso.23091. Epub 2012 Mar 6.


Dr. McAuliffe has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.50 contact hour.

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Release Date: 1/31/2013 | Last Modified On: 6/29/2014 | Expires: 6/29/2015

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