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RMJ. 2013; 38(2): 90-91


Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis - a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma

Mohammed Amir.

Abstract
Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a relatively uncommon benign inflammatory condition of female breast mimicking other chronic inflammatory conditions and even carcinoma breast. Since its first description by Kessler and Wolloch in 1972,1 only case reports and case series have emerged in the World literature. The affected patient is usually a lactating mother in her third decade (Range 11-80 years) or the one having had finished lactation.2,3 Patient usually presents with unilateral painful breast mass with erythematous skin mimicking a breast abscess occasionally with discharging sinuses, nipple inversion and axillary lymphadenopathy. In 25% of cases, it is bilateral.4

Key words: Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis, breast mass, mastitis.



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