Mammary tuberculosis: analysis of thirty-eight patients

Author(s): Harris SH, Khan MA, Khan R, Haque F, Syed A, et al.

Abstract

Thirty-eightpatientswithmammaryglandtuberculosiswereevaluatedovera5-yearperiodpresentingtothesurgicalunitofourinstitution.Unilateralinvolvementofthebreastinawomanpresentingatanaverageageof29yearswasthecommonestobservation.Alumpinthebreastwithorwithoutdischargingsinuseswasthemostcommonclinicalpresentation.Ten(26%)ofthesepatientshadbreastpainwithorwithoutincreasedbreastnodularity.Axillarylymphnodalinvolvementwasevidentin14(36%)ofourpatients.Onlyfivepatientshadassociatedpulmonarytuberculosis,theresthavinganisolatedinvolvementofthebreast.Fine-needleaspirationcytologywasthemostreliablediagnosticmodality.Medicaltherapywithantituberculardrugsrangingfrom6to9monthswasthemainstayoftreatment.Surgicalinterventionwasreservedforselectedrefractorycases.

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