Montgomery glands

Montgomery glands are large sebaceous glands in the breast, representing a transition between a mammary gland and a sweat gland.

Located within the nipple-areolar complex, Montgomery glands open onto the skin surface via protrusions on the skin known as Montgomery tubercles. They number between 4-25 on each side.

  • sebaceous gland
  • lactiferous duct: connecting underlying breast parenchyma to the sebaceous gland
  • lubrication of nipple-areolar complex by gland secretions
  • secretions act as olfactory stimulus for the baby to breastfeed

They are named after William Fetherstone Montgomery, an Irish obstetrician who first described them in 1837.

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Article information

rID: 25745
System: Breast
Section: Anatomy
Tags: breast, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Areolar glands
  • Glands of Montogomery
  • Glands of areola

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