Breast abscess due to Corynebacterium striatum

Br J Dermatol. 1997 Oct;137(4):623-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1997.tb03799.x.


Corynebacterium striatum, a normal constituent of the skin flora, is rarely pathogenic. Previous reports of infection are few, and are mainly confined to immunosuppressed patients or those with indwelling prosthetic devices. We report a case in which the organism caused a recurrent breast abscess in a woman with normal immune function. The only previous reports of Corynebacterium striatum mastitis have been in cows.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / microbiology
  • Abscess / pathology*
  • Adult
  • Breast Diseases / microbiology
  • Breast Diseases / pathology*
  • Corynebacterium Infections / microbiology
  • Corynebacterium Infections / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence
  • Recurrence