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For the last year or so (on and off) I can squeeze

Hello. For the last year...
Hello. For the last year or so (on and off) I can squeeze yellow/brownish discharge from my left breast. My OB was not worried, is this a problem?
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Dr. Greg
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I'm sorry to hear that you have been noticing a dark discharge from the left breast. In general, any discharge from the breast that looks different than milk, is potentially concerning. There are many women who can intermittently produce small amounts of milky discharge from the breast, even if they aren't pregnant. Yet, a discharge (that is only present in 1 breast), that is yellow, brown, blood tinged, should be worked up. By this, I mean that the guidelines indicate that you should seek imaging of the breast in the form a breast ultrasound or a mammogram to make sure that nothing serious is occurring. I hope not, but its best to be safe given that this has not resolved after a year.

Your primary doctor, OBGYN, or a local urgent care doctor can order these tests. Please let me know if you have any additional thoughts, or questions.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Even if it comes out when squeezed?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Not on its own?

Yes, in general, you should not be able to express any discharge from the breast. Occasionally, a woman can express a milk discharge. Yet, your discharge is darker. This doesn't mean that there is something abnormal happening with the breast, but we usually perform imaging to be sure in these cases.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you. I’ll go in again.

You're welcome. I hope it turns out to be nothing worrisome. Take care.

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