Axillary Breast Tissue

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Breast Procedures Breast Reconstruction

Axillary Breast Tissue

Breast tissue can be found in the axilla [the armpit] more often than people think. It is present in 2 to 6 % of women. It may appear as a soft mass and/or there may be discomfort and tenderness. It may be unilateral or bilateral. It is hormonally responsive like all breast tissue, so there may be tenderness and swelling that varies with the menstrual cycle. This axillary breast tissue may become enlarged with puberty or pregnancy.

Treatment may be done with excision or by liposuction. The procedure may be more comfortable with anesthesia. If the insurer is covering it, then excision is usually required so there will be a specimen for pathology. The same changes which can happen in any breast tissue, even breast cancer, can potentially occur in the axillary breast tissue.

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