Subareolar breast abscesses: characteristics and results of surgical treatment

Breast J. May-Jun 2005;11(3):179-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1075-122X.2005.21524.x.

Abstract

Our objective was to describe the characteristics of subareolar breast abscesses and to analyze the results of surgical treatment in relation to the prevention of recurrences. Almost 70% of patients smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day. The recurrence rate after excision of the lactiferous ducts was 28% and after management without excision of the lactiferous ducts was 79% (p < 0.001). Gram-positive bacteria were isolated more frequently in primary subareolar breast abscesses (not significant). Anaerobic microorganisms were more frequently cultured in recurring subareolar breast abscesses (p = 0.02). Definitive treatment of subareolar breast abscesses should consist of excision of the affected lactiferous ducts.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / epidemiology
  • Abscess / microbiology
  • Abscess / pathology*
  • Abscess / surgery*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mastitis / epidemiology
  • Mastitis / microbiology
  • Mastitis / pathology*
  • Mastitis / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Nipples*
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Treatment Outcome