Intraductal papillomas are small, tiny wart-like growths in the breast’s milk ducts
and are non-cancerous. They are common between the ages of 35 to 55 years.
There are 3 types of papillomata:
1. Solitary intraductal papilloma
which can present as a single lump
near the nipple and can cause
2. Multiple papillomas may present
as groups or clusters of small
growths, farther away from the
nipple and may not cause nipple
3. Multiple papillomatosis are very
small groups of cells inside the
ducts and they are more scattered.
There are no known risk factors.
It may cause a nipple discharge. If it is
near or beside the nipple a small lump
may be felt.
Diagnosis is made on clinical breast
examination and breast imaging, including
mammograms and breast ultrasound.
Biopsy is usually recommended to confirm
Surgery may be necessary to remove the
papilloma and affected part of the milk
duct. This is usually curative and presents
a good outlook. Vacuum-assisted core
needle biopsy (VAB) is an alternative
option used for these lesions.
Where to Seek Treatment
Specialist services available at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Tel: 6436 8088
Singapore General Hospital
Tel: 6321 4377
Changi General Hospital
Tel: 6850 3333
Sengkang General Hospital
Tel : 6930 6000
KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Tel: 6294 4050