Tuberculous mastitis: a rare disease.
ABSTRACT Two cases of tuberculous mastitis are described. This disease remains rare. While routine laboratory investigations are not helpful in its diagnosis, fine needle aspiration to allow histologic examination of tissue and culture is essential--both to differentiate tuberculous mastitis from pyogenic breast abscess and breast carcinoma, and to guide antimicrobial therapy. Antituberculous drugs in combination with aspiration or surgical drainage are usually associated with an excellent outcome.
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ABSTRACT: Tuberculous mastitis is a rare clinical entity and usually affects women from the Indian sub-continent and Africa. It often mimics breast carcinoma and pyogenic breast abscess clinically and radiologically, may both co-exist. Routine laboratory investigations are not helpful in its diagnosis. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) / biopsy are essential for diagnosis and tuberculosis culture when positive may be very useful to guide antimicrobial therapy. Antitubercular drugs in combination with aspiration or surgical drainage are usually associated with an excellent outcome.Oman medical journal. 01/2011; 26(1):53-5.