question about nipple drainage????

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   Posted 4/17/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi first I hope everyone is doing well.
I posted about a month and a half ago .I had drainage from my nipple that became bloody but I did not have an injury.
I took everyones advice and had a sonogram which showed cysts then a mamo that showed calcifications but they said they didn't look cancerouus.
Anyway after seeing the surgen he said he would test the fluid that was draining. he called me back and said that it would not respond to antibotics. After the surgery I looked up the bacteria "actinomyces" and It said in the PDR that with surgery and Chemo it can be cured. Of course I am too scared to call my doctor. I feel like he is waiting for it to happen again before he tells me anything. Why would I need Chemo for a bacteria ? I don't know . Does anyone have any ideas. Anything would be helpful.
Best wishes to everyone.

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   Posted 4/18/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aasty,

I'm no dr., but I am a research librarian, and a large part of my research is for early vet and medical students. What I have read about this bacteria indicates that it is normally found in many places, but rarely the thorax or breast. It is often mis-diagnosed and the discharge could very well be something else. This bacteria DOES respond to long-term use of penicillin (6-12 mos), or then surgery. I didn't see chemo being used for the bacteria.

I would get a second opinion if I were you. Visit a totally different breast specialist and have them culture and run the fresh slides, hopefully using a different lab. I think what the dr. is telling you now is very overwhelming, so just getting peace of mind from someone else might be good!

I'll be thinking of you.

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   Posted 4/18/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you sure it isn't "actinomycosis," which DOES have to do with an infection of the breast?

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   Posted 5/18/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
hi sorry to hear what your dad is going through. just exactly what my mum went through untill somone gave us an info somewhere in africa where cancer is treated withouth any operation or surgery. they cure with roots. as we heard about that, we quickly rush to nigerian embercy in berlin and secure a visa and flown my mum down there. she spent nearly 1 month and got the treatment untill everything got disappered. so try there and i promise you that the cancer will be vanished. up till today my mum is helthier than before and we all are so happy about the result.i wish all the best

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   Posted 5/18/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I had lymphoma in 1990. I have had black drainage from one of my nipple s and boy was it scary. But I went to the cancer specilsts and she said they looked at it under a microscope and it was nothing darn, I wish it had been something so I could have had them both cut off and then reconstruction because they are both huge and give me painful chronic pain in neck and back between shoulders and on sholders because that is where my over the sholder boulder holder presses down. I hope you do alright and I pray it is nothing. but check it out
connie (Knitwit)

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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Connie, have you talked to a surgeon about breast reduction surgery? That might be a consideration once this other problem is cleared up. Lauri (dxed 04/11/1996)
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