Breast pain in lactating women--mastitis or something else?

Aust Fam Physician. 2003 Mar;32(3):141-5.


Background: Mastitis is a common problem for lactating women. However, medical practitioners may not recognise that there are also other causes of breast pain during lactation.

Objective: This article presents a case study that demonstrates several common causes of breast and nipple pain in a lactating woman.

Discussion: Once medical practitioners are aware of the presenting features of mastitis, candida infection and vasospasm, they will be able to conduct a careful history and examination and make the correct diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Breast Feeding / adverse effects
  • Breast*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lactation*
  • Mastitis / diagnosis
  • Pain / etiology*