Chronic granulomatous mastitis: review of 26 cases with special reference to chronic lobular mastitis

Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 1992 Jan;35(1):38-43.


Twenty six cases of chronic granulomatous mastitis are reported in a 5 year period and the slides are reviewed. They are sub-classified into Chronic lobular mastitis (CLM), Plasma cell mastitis and subareolar granuloma. There are 10 cases each of CLM and plasma cell mastitis and one of subareolar granuloma. All the three conditions are associated with duct ectasia. Fat necrosis and infective granulomas were 2 each and one of foreign body granuloma. These lesions can be easily differentiated by histology. While most of the CLM occurred in younger age group, plasma cell mastitis is seen in older women. Histologically, there is a florid inflammatory cell reaction of the stroma with dilatation and destruction of some ducts, with microabscess formation. In plasma cell mastitis, the lesion is more chronic with predominance of plasma cells and involutionary changes of the ducts are seen.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Granuloma / classification
  • Granuloma / epidemiology
  • Granuloma / pathology*
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Mastitis / classification
  • Mastitis / epidemiology
  • Mastitis / pathology*