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Breast abscess following nipple piercing: a case report and review of the literature.
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PMID:  20582428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Nipple piercing gains popularity and social acceptance within the last years, especially among young people. The medical literature reports an increase of complications in the post-piercing period.
CASE REPORT: We report a case of a young woman, who presented with a light enlargement of the right breast and tenderness in the retroareolar region following nipple piercing 5 months ago. On ultrasound, a poorly marginated hypoechoic lesion was seen which was suspicious of an inflammation. After 1 week of antibiotic therapy, the mass had enlarged. As carcinoma could not be excluded, open biopsy was performed. Histology showed signs of chronic mastitis.
CONCLUSION: To date, only a few reports of breast abscess after nipple piercing have been published. With the increasing prevalence of body piercing, it is important to document and report infections which may be discovered many months following piercing. Carcinoma can mimic breast abscess and should be included in the differential diagnosis.
Smaragda Kapsimalakou; Isabell Grande-Nagel; Martin Simon; Dorothea Fischer; Marc Thill; Beate M Stöckelhuber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of gynecology and obstetrics     Volume:  282     ISSN:  1432-0711     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Gynecol. Obstet.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8710213     Medline TA:  Arch Gynecol Obstet     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  623-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, University of Luebeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, Luebeck, Germany.
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