Successfully treated Mycobacterium abscessus mastitis: A rare cause of breast masses

Yasar K. K., Pehlivanoglu F., Sengoz G., CABIOĞLU N.

INDIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY, vol.29, no.4, pp.425-427, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.4103/0255-0857.90187
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.425-427
  • Keywords: Breast mass, M. abscessus, rapidly growing mycobacteria, RAPIDLY GROWING MYCOBACTERIA, CLINICAL-FEATURES, TUBERCULOSIS, INFECTIONS, MANAGEMENT
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


Rapidly growing mycobacteria are pathogens responsible for cutaneous or subcutaneous infections especially occurring after injection, trauma or surgery. We describe a patient with Mycobacterium abscessus mastitis that presented as a mass lesion and haemorrhagical discharge. It was initially diagnosed and treated as fibrocystic disease and non-specific abscess. Full recovery was obtained with combination therapy of clarithromycin, linezolid and amikacin without surgical debridement followed by several abscess aspirations. Atypical mycobacteria should be considered in diagnosis of chronic breast lesions in endemic areas. This is the first reported case of mastitis due to M. abscessus in Turkey.