Outpatient treatment of non-lactational breast abscesses

Br J Surg. 1992 Jan;79(1):56-7. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800790120.


Eighteen consecutive patients with non-lactational breast abscesses have been treated by aspiration (ten patients), surgical drainage after application of local anaesthetic cream (seven patients) or a combination of aspiration and local anaesthetic cream drainage (one patient) combined with a 2-week course of either amoxycillin and clavulanic acid or cephradine and metronidazole. All abscesses resolved completely within 2 weeks of treatment and all 18 patients expressed satisfaction with the method of treatment used. The majority of patients with breast abscesses can now be managed as outpatients.

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / surgery*
  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Anesthetics, Local / administration & dosage
  • Breast Diseases / surgery*
  • Drainage
  • Drug Combinations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lidocaine / administration & dosage
  • Lidocaine, Prilocaine Drug Combination
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Prilocaine / administration & dosage


  • Anesthetics, Local
  • Drug Combinations
  • Lidocaine, Prilocaine Drug Combination
  • Prilocaine
  • Lidocaine