Adenoma of the nipple: a mimic of breast malignancy

Dermatol Online J. 2021 May 15;27(5). doi: 10.5070/D327553621.


Adenoma of the nipple is a very uncommon benign neoplasm of lactiferous ducts. Its clinical presentation is variable and it can be easily misdiagnosed as a malignancy such as mammary Paget disease or breast intraductal carcinoma. Although dermoscopy and imaging tests such as ultrasonography or mammography can be of help, histological examination is mandatory to confirm the diagnosis. We describe the clinical, dermoscopic, and histopathological findings in a patient with nipple adenoma and discuss the clinical and histological differential diagnosis as well as the different treatment options.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nipples*