How are abscesses treated in pediatric breast disorders?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Harsh Grewal, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Robert K Minkes, MD, PhD  more...
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Breast abscesses may occur in adolescent women, particularly if they are lactating. These are managed with antibiotics, drainage using US or drainage in the operating room, or both. Good success has been reported for US-guided abscess drainage. [10, 11] The reported healing time for US-guided needle aspiration is significally less than that for open incision and drainage; thus, it may be the preferred treatment. [6]  Mastitis in nonlactating adolescents may occur. [12]  S aureus is the usual cause in cases that require drainage; however, most patients respond to oral antibiotics without additional intervention.


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