What are the potential complications of breast abscesses and masses?

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

  • Breast mass - Chronic pain, scarring or disfigurement, metastases, postsurgical complications (eg, ipsilateral lymphedema), and death
  • Mastitis - Breast abscess formation in less than 10% of cases
  • Breast abscess - Recurrent infection, scarring, loss of breast size, and noticeable breast asymmetry
  • Chronic breast abscess - Mammary duct fistulization, resection of the nipple-areolar complex [11]

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