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November 12, 1982

Axillary Extra Mammary Tissue

Author Affiliations

Scottsdale, Ariz

JAMA. 1982;248(18):2241. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330180015018

To the Editor.—  I must take strong issue with the answer that was given to the physician who inquired about the treatment of axillary breast tissue in a teenage girl (1982;247:2301-2302). I believe the answer given shows a complete lack of understanding and/or empathy and typifies the depersonalization of medicine often, seen today.Axillary breast tissue is an embarrassment to the girl who has it. It limits her selection of clothes and her activity. The consultant suggested severe dietary restrictions. If you limit the clothing, activity, and food of a teenage girl, you have essentially deprived her of all facets of her social activities.The treatment is to remove this extraneous breast tissue. This can be done through relatively inconspicuous axillary incisions under general or local anesthesia.There is an excellent discussion of this problem and its treatment available.1