Accessory breast also known as polymastia or supernumerary breast, is the condition of having an additional breast. The axilla is the most common site for accessory breast. Although they may be asymptomatic, axillary accessory breast can cause cosmetic concerns, pain, or restriction in arm movements.
Types of Accessory Breast
What causes it
What causes Accessory Breast?
Accessory breast typically occur in the womb. During normal development, breast tissue will develop along the milk line which is from the axilla to the groin. The breast tissue will regress before birth except for the breast tissue at the chest which forms our normal breasts. Accessory breast develop when the additional breast tissue does not regress before birth and it can occur at any point along the milk line.
Accessory breast present from birth but it often increases in size or becomes noticeable with aging, weight gain/loss, puberty, pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is also sensitive to hormonal changes.
Treatment of accessory breast is mainly surgical, especially for larger sized areas that are cosmetically obvious or causing symptoms.
There is no official designation for large breasts. However, it ultimately comes down to whatever a patient feels is large for their frame.
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