Corynebacterium species isolated from patients with mastitis

Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Dec 1;35(11):1434-40. doi: 10.1086/344463. Epub 2002 Nov 14.


Corynebacteria were isolated from breast tissue, pus, or deep wound swabs of 24 women; the most common species isolated was the newly described Corynebacterium kroppenstedtii, followed by Corynebacterium amycolatum and Corynebacterium tuberculostearicum. Gram-positive bacilli were seen in samples sent for culture or in histological specimens for 12 women, and 9 of the 12 women from whom adequate histological specimens were obtained had conditions that met the criteria for granulomatous lobular mastitis, a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Corynebacterium / isolation & purification*
  • Corynebacterium Infections / microbiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mastitis / microbiology*