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Vol. 38, No. 6, 2006
Issue release date: November 2006
Section title: Original Paper
Eur Surg Res 2006;38:545–549
(DOI:10.1159/000096775)

Microanatomy of Milk Ducts in the Nipple

Taneri F. · Kurukahvecioglu O. · Akyurek N. · Tekin E.H. · İlhan M.N. · Cifter C. · Bozkurt S. · Dursun A. · Bayram O. · Onuk E.
Departments of aGeneral Surgery, bPathology, and cPublic Health, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 3/14/2006
Accepted: 9/4/2006
Published online: 11/30/2006

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0014-312X (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9921 (Online)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine number and diameter of milk ducts in the nipple and to investigate the possible influences of age, breast weight, and diameter of the nipple on the number of ducts. Two hundred and twenty-six carcinoma mastectomy specimens were weighed and the nipple diameters measured. The number of ducts was counted in histological cross sections. Mean diameter of the nipple and mean breast weight were 13.9 mm and 844.6 g, respectively. There was a small but statistically significant positive correlation between nipple diameter and number of milk ducts (rho = 0.158; p = 0.01), but no correlation with breast weight. The mean number of ducts in the nipple duct bundle was 17.5. This is significantly higher than the number of ducts reported to open on the nipple surface. This discrepancy could reflect duct branching within the nipple or the presence of some ducts which do not reach the nipple surface. Smaller breast ducts (diameter <0.5 mm) represent nearly 50% of the nipple ducts and could be a challenge to the ductoscopy technology.


  

Author Contacts

Osman Kurukahvecioğlu
Gazi İniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi
Genel Cerrahi Anabilim Dalı
TR–06510 Ankara (Turkey)
Tel. +90 312 202 5719, Fax +90 532 601 1918, E-Mail okurukahveci@yahoo.com

  

Article Information

Received: March 14, 2006
Accepted after revision: September 4, 2006
Published online: November 3, 2006
Number of Print Pages : 5
Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 3, Number of References : 13

  

Publication Details

European Surgical Research (Clinical and Experimental Surgery)

Vol. 38, No. 6, Year 2006 (Cover Date: November 2006)

Journal Editor: Kempski, O. (Mainz)
ISSN: 0014–312X (print), 1421–9921 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ESR


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 3/14/2006
Accepted: 9/4/2006
Published online: 11/30/2006

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0014-312X (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9921 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ESR


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