Breast abscess

Case contributed by Dr Garth Kruger


30 year old lady with a mass in her right breast.

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Female

This patient had been on antibiotics for 10 days before she was imaged. The breast was not red and swollen and the skin was normal and not hot to the touch.

Aspiration yielded 3 cc pus.

Sometimes breast abcesses are not as simple as they seem, especially when they patients have been on treatment. In my experience it gets even more complicated sometimes when the issue is complicated by lactation. Differentiation between an abcess, a galatocoel or something more sinister can be realy difficult. Tread carefully here.  Repeated short term follow up is really important so patients do not fall through the cracks

I always speak to these patients myself to impress how important follow up is and what the finding mean; follow up  should preferably be  at the same imaging site and with the same imager if possible 

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Case information

rID: 19713
Published: 5th Oct 2012
Last edited: 18th Dec 2015
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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