Benign Breast Conditions

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2017 Dec 1;117(12):755-760. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2017.147.


Breast masses and nipple discharge are common symptoms that lead women to seek medical care. Many of the findings on subsequent examination are benign. When evaluating a patient who presents with breast masses or nipple discharge, it is useful to take a holistic approach to evaluating the patient, including a detailed history, structural and directed physical examination, and, if indicated, laboratory studies, diagnostic imaging, and biopsy. The goal of this review is to assist physicians in understanding the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of benign breast conditions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast / anatomy & histology
  • Breast / pathology*
  • Breast Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mastitis / diagnosis
  • Nipple Discharge*