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Ginecol Obstet Mex. 1999 Nov;67:509-11.

[Granulomatous mastitis. Report of 16 cases].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Hospital Regional de Río Blanco, Carretera Orizaba-Puebla Km2 entronque autopista.


Sixteen cases of granulomatous mastitis were seen in the Breast Clinic of the Rio Blanco Regional Hospital in Veracruz, México. The mean age was 41.7 years (range 22-62), mean previous pregnancies was 5. Lactancy in last 6 months was registered in 50% of the cases, but no cases of puerperal mastitis were seen. Seventy five percent of the patients presented with a breast mass (mean 6 cm), suspicious of cancer in 62.5%. In 2 of 16 cases (12.5) there was an associated breast carcinoma, and in one case tuberculosis was the etiology. Surgical treatment consisted in wide local excision in 100% and mastectomy in 2 cases. Steroids were not used. Recurrent disease was seen in 2 cases at a mean follow-up of 20 months. Awareness of this rare entity is important for the surgeon and the pathologist because the definitive diagnosis is made microscopically, through evaluation of a wide breast tissue sample.

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