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Breast Tissue Occuring In Armpit, What Should Be Done?

September 1, 2019

>>>Dr. Harness: Breast tissue can occur in
locations other than what we normally think about. A good example of this is what is called
aberrant breast tissue that can occur well up here in the armpit area, actually disconnected
from the tail of the breast, or there can be an extension of the normal tissue of the
tail of the breast well up into the armpit area. In embryology, we talk about what is called
the milk duct line. It is a line that runs from here down through the breast into the
upper abdomen, and in my career I have seen nipple, accessory nipples and areolas up here
in the armpit area down here in the upper abdomen and places of this sort. So finding breast tissue in the armpit area
is not that unusual at all, and as a matter of fact, one of the times that it can become
very prominent during pregnancy is the breast is being stimulated and growing. This area
can be quite a prominent. In fact this is exactly what happened in my daughter’s situation,
in a previous video that I have shared some time ago about the scare that I had that perhaps
my daughter might have breast cancer. So, the question then becomes, “If we have
breast tissue up here, in the armpit area, what do we do about it?” Well if it is associated
with an accessory nipple, then removing that accessory ripple and areola along with some
of the underlying breast tissue, can be helpful both functionally and cosmetically. Also if the tissue becomes prominent during
pregnancy, then it is important for anyone that this is happening to, to see a competent
breast surgeon who hopefully is working with breast radiologists and one of the simplest
tests that can be done is actually doing ultrasound of this area confirming that it is breast
tissue. Occasionally, even a core biopsy could be helpful in the evaluation of all of these. Now, okay, knowing the tissue is there, now
what? Well once a pregnancy is finished, usually the prominent tissue retracts down and is
not a problem. Only occasionally in my experience, is there so much pain or a lump associated
there, that we actually need to operate and take that tissue out. In my own practice,
this happens perhaps once a year or so. So the bottom line is, do not be alarmed.
Obviously, if there is any new lump in the armpit area make sure that it is worked out
by competent breast surgeon and radiologist. Yes it is true that a breast cancer can present
as an enlarged lymph node in the armpit area so, obviously we will want to know that and
make sure that that is not what we are dealing with because they will require a whole different
kind of workup. So again the bottom line always is, see competent
people, work with a Center that is really familiar with breast cancer, diagnostic work
ups, any other kind of breast problem workups. If you do that you will feel good about it
and, occasionally, you might need to have the tissue actually remove. ***** Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share
with you an important information that I believe that every newly diagnosed patient with breast
cancer needs to know. Susan Denver: “I am a breast cancer survivor.” Katherine Stockton: “I am a breast cancer
survivor.” Coree: “I am a breast cancer survivor…” Susan Denver: “…and I want every woman
to know…” Katherine Stockton: “…about personalized
breast cancer treatment…” Susan Denver: “…and the Genomic Test.” Coree: “A test that helps guide a woman
and her doctor…” Katherine Stockton: “…to the best treatment
options for her.” Susan Denver: “Pass it on!”


  • Reply MsG. March 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Lost a dear coworker to breast cancer many years ago.
    Currently two of my coworkers are breast cancer survivors, xoxo
    AusTX m/

  • Reply MsG. March 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    My baby is in HS, & large breast & breast cancer is very prominent in her father's immediate family, but not mine.
    She WILL have semi annual breast exams.
    A breast reduction will be researchef for discomfort from size. (Bustier than me when she was in MS).
    No matter how much it will break the bank. She's my baby & only girl.

  • Reply esperanza douglas July 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I just had both underarm tissue is painful..but I am glad to be rid of the extra breast tissue..

  • Reply Pragya Tiwari March 1, 2017 at 12:13 am

    thank u so much doc..!!

  • Reply swetha gandham April 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    thq docter

  • Reply Louise M.E June 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    so the lump i have grows when im pregnant. it hurts …and looks weird since you can see it šŸ™

  • Reply MelinaPlayz 13 March 9, 2018 at 12:44 am

    The so much for your help doc

  • Reply MelinaPlayz 13 March 15, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Thank you so much for all your help doc

  • Reply Deeyn Dsouza May 29, 2018 at 8:20 am

    But the ultrasound will cost a lot I live in India can u just guess how much it may cost plz

  • Reply Victoria August 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Hello my name victorja i have very large dump under my arm's i sister call me 4 tits ya i no it NOT funny can someone help with a number for a doc to see .

  • Reply Venice Chang November 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Iā€™m 12 and I have armpit fat

  • Reply Sheree Hardin November 8, 2018 at 2:42 am

    This is weird. Breast cancer is twilight zone.

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  • Reply saima noor December 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Thnx Dr I was worried but now relax

  • Reply Geethu Sha June 24, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Can accessory breast occur in teens

  • Reply no name July 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I have this its so embarrassing I got it at age 12 never been pregnant when i got it checked they were like definitely breast tissue they can't remove it because I considered plastic surgery

  • Reply mina o August 14, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I wish I can get my removed. I have had mine for 15 years. I can't wear tank tops. It's embarrassing

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