Supernumerary nipplesPolymastia; Polythelia; Accessory nipples
Supernumerary nipples is the presence of extra nipples.
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.
- Variation of normal development
- Some rare genetic syndromes may be associated with supernumerary nipples
Usually no treatment is needed. The extra nipples do NOT develop into breasts at puberty.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Talk to your health care provider ifthere aresupernumerary nipples onan infant and there areother symptoms present.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
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.
Review Date: 2/1/2012
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.