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Alternative Names Return to topPolymastia; Polythelia; Accessory nipples
Definition Return to top
Supernumerary nipples is the presence of extra nipples.
Considerations Return to top
Supernumerary nipples are fairly common. They are generally unrelated to other conditions or syndromes. The extra nipples usually occur in a line below the normal nipples. They are usually not recognized as extra nipples because they tend to be small and not well formed.
Causes Return to top
Home Care Return to top
Usually no treatment is needed. The extra nipples do NOT develop into breasts at puberty.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Talk to your health care provider if there are supernumerary nipples on an infant and there are other symptoms present.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the patient's medical history. The number and location of extra nipples will be noted.Update Date: 2/27/2008 Updated by: Rachel A. Lewis, MD, FAAP, Columbia University Pediatric Faculty Practice, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.