Which specialist consultations are needed for the diagnosis and management 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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Patients with breast masses require a general surgeon for definitive treatment. Immediate consultation in the ED is not mandatory, but it may help facilitate faster follow-up care once patients are discharged from the hospital.

Patients with mastitis unresolved by a single course of correct antibiotics need urgent referral to a surgical breast specialist. [11] Similarly, refer patients with breast abscesses for surveillance of complications and possible recurrent breast abscesses.

Lactation nurses can also be of great help in advising about nipple hygiene and hand washing and preventing engorgement of the breast.


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