Granulomatous lobular mastitis

Aust N Z J Surg. 1989 Jul;59(7):547-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1989.tb01629.x.


The clinical and histological features of six cases of granulomatous lobular mastitis are presented. All six patients were parous. 1-6 years after their last pregnancy with a mean age of 34 years; all had unilateral disease and presented with an extra-areolar breast lump. Histologically, all demonstrated a non-caseating granulomatous inflammatory condition centered on breast lobules; in four women there was an acute inflammatory process with micro-abscess formation. Five of the six cases had persistent or recurrent disease despite wide local excision: surgery might not be the best treatment for recurrent disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Granuloma / diagnosis
  • Granuloma / pathology*
  • Granuloma / surgery
  • Humans
  • Mastitis / diagnosis
  • Mastitis / pathology*
  • Mastitis / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence