Which physical signs suggest breast abscess?

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

See the list below:

  • Localized breast erythema, warmth, induration, edema, and tenderness

  • Most frequently areolar or periareolar (may also be peripheral)

  • Fluctuance, although swelling may limit ability to palpate a mass

  • May have associated fever or axillary lymphadenopathy

  • Nipple discharge or inversion


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