Mammary tuberculosis: percutaneous treatment of a mammary tuberculous abscess

Eur Radiol. 2000;10(3):531-3. doi: 10.1007/s003300050091.


It is currently very rare to find mammary involvement in cases of tuberculosis, in either primary or secondary form. Diagnosis is classically clinical and microbiological, and the basic techniques used in imaging diagnosis are mammography and ultrasound. Computed tomography may define the involvement of the thoracic wall in those cases which present as mammary masses adhering to deep levels, and is also able to evaluate accompanying pulmonary disease, if it is present. Traditionally, treatment has consisted of quadrantectomy and specific antibiotic therapy. We present a case of tuberculous mammary abscess secondary to pulmonary disease, which was treated by percutaneous drainage controlled by CT and specific antibiotic therapy. We revise the diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment of mammary tuberculosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis
  • Abscess / therapy*
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Breast Diseases / diagnosis
  • Breast Diseases / therapy*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography
  • Middle Aged
  • Suction / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis / therapy*
  • Ultrasonography, Mammary


  • Antitubercular Agents