Tuberculosis of the breast

Ann Thorac Med. 2008 Jul;3(3):110-4. doi: 10.4103/1817-1737.41918.


Tuberculosis of the breast is an uncommon disease even in countries where the incidence of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis is high. Clinical presentation is usually of a solitary, ill-defined, unilateral hard lump situated in the upper outer quadrant of the breast. This disease can present a diagnostic problem on radiological and microbiological investigations, and thus a high index of suspicion is needed. Incorporating a highly sensitive technique like polymerase chain reaction (PCR) may be helpful in establishing the usefulness of such technology and can aid in conforming the diagnosis early. The disease is curable with antitubercular drugs, and surgery is rarely required.

Keywords: Direct amplification tests (DAT); M tuberculosis direct test (MTD); Tuberculous mastitis (TM).