Type of disease: Rare conditions
Zuska’s disease, also known as lactiferous fistula or Zuska–Atkins disease, is a rare but painful breast disorder which can often cause concern for possible breast cancer. However, Zuska’s breast disease is not related to cancer at all, but it is still a serious condition. Zuska’s disease is a rare and recurrent disorder characterized by draining abscesses (collection of the yellow viscous fluid called pus) around the nipple, causing inflammatory reaction and infection. Zuska’s breast disease can also lead to nipple retraction. Though it is a rare breast disease, many medical professionals in the field believe that it occurs much more frequently than reported.