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Abscess in the Nonlactating Breast

Abscess in the Nonlactating Breast Abstract To the Editor.—The article entitled "Abscess in the Nonlactating Breast" by Ekland and Zeigler that appeared in the September issue of the Archives (107:398-401, 1973) details the authors' experiences primarily with subareolar abscesses. The recurrence rate in this condition, after what appeared to them to be adequate surgical treatment, was 39.5%. They had three patients who "... required simple mastectomy for control of persistent and recurring inflammation." They reported a low incidence of nipple inversion (two patients), and dismissed this as a causative factor in the recurring or primary abscesses. They did not state how many of the patients had a communication between the abscess cavity and the base of the nipple. Our previously reported experience with acute and chronic recurrent periareolar or subareolar abscess now includes over 40 patients.1 We have seen many gradations of inversion responsible for the continuous "feeding" of the abscess cavity and recurrence. Proper References 1. Caswell HT, Maier WP: Chronic recurrent periareolar abscess secondary to inversion of the nipple . Surg Gynecol Obstet 128:597-599, 1969. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

Abscess in the Nonlactating Breast

Archives of Surgery , Volume 108 (2) – Feb 1, 1974

Abscess in the Nonlactating Breast

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.—The article entitled "Abscess in the Nonlactating Breast" by Ekland and Zeigler that appeared in the September issue of the Archives (107:398-401, 1973) details the authors' experiences primarily with subareolar abscesses. The recurrence rate in this condition, after what appeared to them to be adequate surgical treatment, was 39.5%. They had three patients who "... required simple mastectomy for control of persistent and recurring...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1974 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260099026
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.—The article entitled "Abscess in the Nonlactating Breast" by Ekland and Zeigler that appeared in the September issue of the Archives (107:398-401, 1973) details the authors' experiences primarily with subareolar abscesses. The recurrence rate in this condition, after what appeared to them to be adequate surgical treatment, was 39.5%. They had three patients who "... required simple mastectomy for control of persistent and recurring inflammation." They reported a low incidence of nipple inversion (two patients), and dismissed this as a causative factor in the recurring or primary abscesses. They did not state how many of the patients had a communication between the abscess cavity and the base of the nipple. Our previously reported experience with acute and chronic recurrent periareolar or subareolar abscess now includes over 40 patients.1 We have seen many gradations of inversion responsible for the continuous "feeding" of the abscess cavity and recurrence. Proper References 1. Caswell HT, Maier WP: Chronic recurrent periareolar abscess secondary to inversion of the nipple . Surg Gynecol Obstet 128:597-599, 1969.

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1974

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