Areolar gland - Definition
Areolar glands are the name given to sebaceous glands in the areola around the nipple. These glands can greatly vary in number and range from 4-28 per nipple.
These glands are also referred to as:
Areolar gland - History
The "Glands of Montgomery" owe their name to an Irish obstetrician named Dr. William Fetherstone Montgomery (1797–1859) who described them for the first time in the year 1837.
Areolar gland - Location
It is situated in the area of the breast lying under or below the areola, which is the colored region surrounding the nipple.
Areolar gland - Function
These glands secrete a type of oily substance, known as Lipoid fluid, that lubricates and protects the nipple and the areola. The presence of volatile compounds in such secretions may also serve as olfactory stimulus for newborns and whet their appetite.
Areolar gland - Disorders
There can be various problems related to this structure, such as Subareolar abscess - which is a growth or abscess on the areolar gland. It is caused by an obstruction of the areolar glands resulting in their infection .
Areolar gland - Pictures
The images below show the location and appearance of these glands in the human body.
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