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Montgomery glands are large sebaceous glands in the breast, representing a transition between a mammary gland and a sweat gland.
- 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 (1797-1859) 3, an Irish obstetrician who first described them in his 1837 in his book "An Exposition of the Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy" 3.
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- 3. O'Sullivan JF. Some highlights of obstetrics in Ireland. (1980) The Ulster medical journal. 49 (2): 105-11. Pubmed