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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Breast Infection Mimicking Pyogenic Abscesses in KuwaitAl-Roomi E.a · Jamal W.a · Al-Mosawi A.b · Rotimi V.O.a, c
aDepartment of Microbiology, Clinical Laboratory Services, bDepartment of Surgery, Mubarak Hospital, and cDepartment of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait Corresponding Author
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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