Accessory Nipple

Also known as polythelia, this condition represents the presence of one or more extra nipples.


The accessory nipple usually presents at birth as one or more brown areas along the milk line that stretches from the axilla through the normal nipple to the groin. Most lesions occur just below the normal nipple. When two occur, they often occur at the same level but on opposite sides. Rarely, breast tissue may be present as well. See also Accessory Breast Tissue.


No treatment is needed although simple excision may be done.

Additional Pictures

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Three nipples on the breast. Ginecologia Pediatrica

On the sole of the foot. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Dec;63(12):2188-90 and from Foot Talk
A Rare Case of a 15-Year-Old Boy with Two Accessory Nipples: One in the Forearm and One in the Milk Line. Case Rep Surg. 2015; 2015: 752479


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