Galactocele, also called lactocele, is a rare benign milk-filled retention cyst of the breast. It is caused due to any blockage in the milk duct during lactation. Symptoms include persistent or intermittent milky discharge spontaneously leaked or manually expressed, irregular or absent menstrual period, and headache or vision problems. Treatment involves drainage (aspiration) of milk through a fine needle.

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I am 44 years old and noticed a breast lump. Should I be concerned about it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 44 years old and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. I cannot walk, so my son lifts me every day and takes me to the restroom. He holds me tightly while lifting. I have recently noticed a lump on my breast, which is red, and when I press that, a white-colored liquid leaks out of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Raj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms you are experiencing are not suggestive of rheumatoid arthritis. The breast lump looks like a galactocele, which is a milk-filled cyst. I suggest you avoid squeezing it. It would help if you get an ultrasound of the breast done. It can be cured by the ne...  Read Full »

Which specialist would perform surgery of a galactocele?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife stopped breastfeeding our¬†third child five months ago, after a lot of sucking difficulties and painful nipples. Because of that, her breasts plugged and did not empty properly. She has tried breast pump without any luck. She has now developed painful galactoceles on both her br...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A galactocele is a milk filled space inside the breast. Breast problems are common after childbirth in those women who had stopped breastfeeding or experienced sucking difficulties. Firstly, I hope you are sure that it is truly a galactocele and not any other ...  Read Full »

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