Ductography

Ductography is a topic covered in the Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests.

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Synonym/Acronym:
Breast ductoscopy, fiberoptic ductoscopy, galactography.

Rationale
To visualize and assess the breast ducts for disease and malignancy in women with nipple discharge.

Patient Preparation
There are no food, fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction. Inform the patient not to apply deodorant, body creams, or powders on the day of the procedure, as they may interfere with the mammography.

Normal Findings

  • Normal breast tissue

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions

  • Ductal cancer in situ
  • Invasive breast cancer

Timely notification to the requesting health-care provider (HCP) of any critical findings and related symptoms is a role expectation of the professional nurse. A listing of these findings varies among facilities.

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