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Giant accessory breast: a rare occurrence reported, with a review of the literature
  1. Bharati Hiremath,
  2. Narayana Subramaniam,
  3. Nayan Chandrashekhar
  1. Department of General Surgery, M S Ramaiah Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bharati Hiremath, drbharati_2000{at}


Polymastia, or the presence of supranumerary breasts, occurs in 2–6% of the female population, the spectrum of the disorder ranging between a small mole and a fully functional ectopic breast. They are often asymptomatic but require treatment when symptomatic or if they harbour malignancy. We present a case of a 41-year-old woman with an accessory breast in the left inframammary fold, which increased in size over the decade following her first pregnancy, to reach a size almost three times that of her right breast. Preoperative fine-needle aspiration and ultrasound was suggestive of accessory breast tissue, distinct from the left breast. Intraoperatively, a 14×10×8 cm accessory breast was found in the inframammary fold, distinct from the left breast and having an accessory nipple areola complex as well. A simple mastectomy was performed with trimming and rotation of the inframammary flap. The patient was happy with the cosmetic outcome. This article also reviews the literature and covers classification of polymastia, diagnostic complexities and challenges associated with surgery.

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