Abscesses of the breast; recurring lesions in the areolar area.


Subareolar abscesses beginning either in infected skin glands or in breast ducts have an extraordinary tendency to recur and to be resistant to treatment. About three-fourths of 64 patients observed had from one to many recurrences of abscess after either spontaneous or surgical drainage, and many even after wide excision of scar in an interval of quiescence.The most successful of a number of methods of treatment used was wide removal of scar and underlying chronic abscess cavity combined with removal of the ampulla and mouth of a connecting duct. In a substantial number, after either drainage or unsuccessful excision, the process gradually subsided over a period of months or years. Cancer has not been observed in any of the 64 patients.


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@article{Kilgore1952AbscessesOT, title={Abscesses of the breast; recurring lesions in the areolar area.}, author={A R Kilgore and R G Fleming}, journal={California medicine}, year={1952}, volume={77 3}, pages={190-1} }