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Harefuah. 1989 Aug;117(3-4):64-5.

[Mammary tuberculosis mimicking breast cancer].

[Article in Hebrew]


Breast masses in the 7th decade of life should be considered cancerous and immediate diagnosis and treatment are indicated. Mammary tuberculosis is rare, especially in developed countries. It usually results from reactivation of dormant pulmonary and pleural tuberculous foci. We present a 66-year-old woman who was hospitalized for biopsy of a breast mass. 4 years previously there had been trauma to the chest, and several pleurocenteses were required to remove sterile exudate. The past history, recent immigration from an endemic area, physical examination and chest X-ray, suggested tuberculosis. Needle aspiration of the affected breast yielded M. tuberculosis. Specific therapy and corticosteroids resulted in complete cure.

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