WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A young mother of two has an accessory breast in one part of her vulva that is producing milk.
- Due to stitches obtained after childbirth, it stopped the leakage of milk, causing her vulva to swell.
- Doctors suggest that it be removed to prevent possible risk of cancer.
Days after giving birth, a 29-year-old young mother from Austria, is experiencing severe pain on one side of her vulva — the visible part of the woman’s genitals. She had painful inflammation in that part while it secreted a milky white liquid.
After close examination, doctors found out that the white fluid was actually milk. Strangely, she has breast tissue in her groin.
Dr. Richard Mayer at Kepler University Hospital in Linz, who refused to name his patient, said he had never seen a case like this. His patient just gave birth to the second child before the odd case began.
The excruciating pain she experienced was due to the stitches put in after birth. The stitches covered the ‘excretory duct’ or the extra nipple which the milk was trying to leak from.
This is called ‘accessory breast tissue,’ a genetic condition in which the same flesh found in woman’s chest grows in other parts of the body. It is said that an estimate of 2-6% of women have it. Ectopic breast tissue mostly affects the armpits, and also the other parts of the body like the groin, back, thigh and even the face.
Its development can vary from a simple glandular tissue beneath the skin to an entire breast with nipple and areola.
After an ultrasound was made, Dr. Mayer and his team found out that deep down the tissue, looked just like a lactating breast. The young mother then recalled that she had similar swelling after giving birth to her first child but there was no milk secretion that time.
Accessory or ectopic breast tissue, as Dr. Mayer calls it, swells when a woman is pregnant and the body begins to produce milk. This makes it easy to detect.
As soon as the stitches were removed from the woman’s vulva, it eventually stopped her pain. And the swelling and milk leakage slowed down and stopped after the next two weeks.
Ectopic breast carries a risk of developing into cancer. Dr. Mayer and his team suggest that the woman considers having it surgically removed to prevent possible complications.
The woman’s case was published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Source: Daily Mail Online