Which history findings are characteristic of breast abscess?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Andrew C Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Localized breast edema, erythema, warmth, and pain [4]
  • Any history of prior breast infection
  • Associated symptoms of fever, nausea, vomiting, and spontaneous drainage from the mass or nipple [9, 4]
  • Lactation history (consider if weaning or returning to work)
  • If not lactating, consider diabetes (polyuria, polydipsia, frequent infections, weight change)
  • Surgical breast intervention within 8 weeks [31]
  • Smoking history

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