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Crusted nipple and areola: A new aetiology of secondary hyperkeratosis of the nipple and areola


 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Northern Borders University, Arar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dhaifallah A Alenizi,
Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Northern Borders University, P.O. Box: 1321, Arar 91431
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.226511

PMID: 29491192

Hyperkeratosis of the nipple and areola is a rare condition first described by Tauber in 1923. Less than 100 cases have been reported in the literature. Hyperkeratosis of the nipple and areola presents as hyperkeratotic, hyperpigmented plaques on the nipple and areola. It is more common in females. An 18-year-old female patient presented with hyperkeratotic, plaque-like, hard crusts on both nipples and areolas. The examining physician could successfully remove this crust using his finger. The crust had accumulated as a result of the patient's reluctance to touch or clean the breast area due to psychological issues. A crusted nipple and areola may occur as a secondary condition due to a patient's reluctance to touch or clean their breasts.


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