Pathological discharge is the appearance of a modified discharge from various organs and body cavities, indicating the course of pathological processes. For infectious and inflammatory pathologies, abundant mucous or purulent discharge is characteristic, for tumor – bloody. Pathological whites are accompanied by gynecological diseases, secretions from the urethra – venereal diseases, secretion from the nipples – diseases of the mammary glands. The presence of pathology is also indicated by uncharacteristic and abundant discharge from the ear, eye, gingival pockets, the appearance of sputum, runny nose and other symptoms. Diagnostics is carried out by laboratory and instrumental verification methods. Treatment correlates with a confirmed diagnosis.

The appearance of pathological secretions is a very alarming sign. A change in the nature of the secret (its consistency, smell, color, quantity) indicates hidden or actively occurring diseases in the body. An experienced clinician, even by one type of discharge, can assume a certain pathology, however, additional laboratory and instrumental examination is required to more accurately determine the causes of the disease. Depending on the localization , the following types of pathological secretions are distinguished:

  1. Vaginal discharge. Normally, the vaginal secretions are mucous, transparent, secreted in a small volume, not accompanied by itching and irritation of the mucous membrane. With various pathologies, the secret is modified: it can become watery, grayish, curd, yellowish-greenish, the color of “meat slops”; acquire an unpleasant odor (sour, “fishy”, putrid), become abundant, pasty, etc.
  2. Discharge from the urethra. They are usually found in men suffering from STIs, diseases of the prostate gland and other organs of the genitourinary system. Such secretions are more often represented by serous or purulent secretions, prostatorrhea, spermatorrhea.
  3. Discharge from the nipples. They can have both a physiological origin (lactation) and a pathological genesis. A woman should be alerted by the appearance of a colostrum-like secret outside of pregnancy and breast-feeding – this may indicate endocrine disorders. The presence of greenish discharge from the nipples usually indicates ductoectasia or mastopathy, purulent – mastitis or breast abscess, bloody – tumor process (intra-flow papilloma, breast cancer).
  4. Discharge from the respiratory tract. Runny nose, sputum are the main signs of trouble from the respiratory tract. Pathological discharge from the nose and bronchi appear in most infectious, allergic, and tumor diseases.
  5. Discharge from the ear. Purulent otorrhea may indicate otitis media, mastoiditis, epithympanitis; hemorrhagic discharge – the presence of ear injuries, polyps and other tumors. The fracture of the base of the skull is characterized by the outflow of cerebrospinal fluid from the ears. With otomycosis, the discharge is white-gray with black inclusions.

In addition to the considered localizations, the pathological secret can be secreted from the eyes, gums, wounds and fistulas. The nature of the discharge can be different: mucous, serous, purulent, bloody. Damage to the skin and mucous membranes is usually accompanied by minor bleeding, which is easily stopped. However, with some nosologies (hemophilia, leukemia), causeless bleeding occurs, which is regarded as pathological. Dangerous symptoms are also intermenstrual, menopausal bleeding from the genital tract.

Pathological discharge from various organs is usually accompanied by local symptoms (itching, maceration, pain, pain when urinating) and general disorders (nervousness, insomnia, anemia, carcinophobia). In order to avoid the development of purulent-septic complications, posthemorrhagic anemia and a neglected oncological process, when a modified or abundant secretion appears, it is necessary to visit a specialist doctor.

green nipples discharge

Green Nipples Discharge

Green nipples discharge is the appearance of a thick green secretion, which can be unilateral and bilateral. The symptom is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations and pulling pains in the mammary glands, compaction in the areola area. The greenish discharge from the nipple is characteristic of cystic mastopathy, similar discharge is observed in ectasia of…

yellow vaginal discharge

Yellow Vaginal Discharge

Yellow vaginal discharge is the discharge from the vagina of a liquid or thick yellow secretion, more often with an unpleasant odor. Pathological white spots can be accompanied by soreness during urination and sexual intercourse, discomfort and itching in the vagina. Yellow discharge occurs as a result of natural hormonal fluctuations, and with various infectious…

purulent nipples discharge

Purulent Nipples Discharge

Purulent nipples discharge is a yellow-green discharge with an unpleasant odor from one or two mammary glands. The symptom is accompanied by sharp chest pains, local redness and swelling of the skin, and an increase in body temperature. The main cause of purulent discharge is various forms of mastitis and their complications, suppuration from the nipples…

purulent vaginal discharge

Purulent Vaginal Discharge

Purulent vaginal discharge is the appearance of thick yellow-green pus from the patient’s genitals. The symptom is combined with pain in the perineum and lower abdomen, an increase in body temperature, discomfort during sexual intercourse. Greenish discharge with a putrid odor is characteristic of genital infections, severe inflammatory processes of the genitals. To verify the…

nipple discharge

Nipple Discharge

Nipple discharge is the appearance of discharge from one or both mammary glands. The symptom may be accompanied by pain and discomfort in the chest, redness of the skin above the breast, changes in the areola area. The expiration of the secret is observed in inflammatory processes of the mammary glands, benign and malignant tumors,…

vaginal discharge

Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal discharge is the appearance of a liquid or thick discharge of various colors from a woman’s genital tract, more often with an unpleasant odor. The symptom may be accompanied by intense itching of the vulva, the vestibule of the vagina, pain and discomfort in the lower abdomen, unpleasant sensations during sexual contacts. Vaginal discharge…

white vaginal discharge

White Vaginal Discharge

White vaginal discharge is the appearance of a thick white discharge from the genital slit. Often there is a secret with a sour smell. The symptom is often accompanied by intense itching and discomfort in the perineum, pain during sexual intercourse. The appearance of whites can be provoked by natural causes, white discharge is also…