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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Breast Infection Mimicking Pyogenic Abscesses in Kuwait

Al-Roomi E.a · Jamal W.a · Al-Mosawi A.b · Rotimi V.O.a, c

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aDepartment of Microbiology, Clinical Laboratory Services, bDepartment of Surgery, Mubarak Hospital, and cDepartment of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait

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Prof. Vincent O. Rotimi, MD, PhD

Department of Microbiology

Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University

PO Box 24923, Safat 13110 (Kuwait)

Tel. +965 498 6509, E-Mail vincent@hsc.edu.kw

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Objective: To present 2 cases of primary breast abscesses caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis mimicking pyogenic abscesses in healthy young females. Clinical Presentation and Intervention: Two young non-lactating Indonesian and Indian women, aged 27 and 29 years old, respectively, presented with breast abscesses caused by M.tuberculosis. The breasts presented as huge, swollen, hot, tender masses with a discharge at the subareolar site. Surgical drainage revealed deep abscess with copious amount of pus, samples of which were positive for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) and later confirmed as M.tuberculosis by positive cultures in Becton Dickinson BBL Migit and BACTEC 12B media. The initial therapies with clindamycin were changed to 4 anti-tuberculous drugs as soon as the smears showed the presence of AFB. The patients were discharged a week later, but both were lost to follow-up. Conclusion: Mammary tuberculosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of breast lesion, especially in patients from endemic areas.

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Received: November 21, 2007
Published online: April 06, 2009
Issue release date: April 2009

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1011-7571 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0151 (Online)

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