Tuberculosis of the breast: a rare modern disease

Tubercle. 1990 Sep;71(3):221-3. doi: 10.1016/0041-3879(90)90081-i.


A case of mammary tuberculosis is reported. A communication between the axillary glands and the breast emphasises Cooper's theory that the breast becomes secondarily involved by lymphatic extension. Involvement of other organs by acid-fast bacilli could not be demonstrated. A relapse occurred sixteen months after a 6-month course of treatment with rifampicin, isoniazid, ethambutol and pyrazinamide.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Breast Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Breast Diseases / drug therapy
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis / drug therapy


  • Antitubercular Agents