Tuberculosis of the breast

  • ST Dodiyi-Manuel
  • A Dodiyi-Manuel

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis of the breast is a rare disease with non specific manifestations. It should be included in the differential diagnosis of breast lesions in immune compromised patients especially in tuberculosis endemic areas of the world.

CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 31 year old HIV positive lady who presented with an ulcerated mass on the left breast of 3 months' duration. Incision biopsy of the lesion confirmed tuberculosis of the breast. Treatment with standard anti tuberculous drugs resulted
In complete resolution.

CONCLUSION: A high index of suspicion is required to make a diagnosis of breast tuberculosis. The disease can be treated conservatively with standard anti tuberculous drugs while surgery is reserved for rare cases.

KEY WORDS: Tuberculosis, breast, HIV

Published
2013-02-13
Section
Articles

Journal Identifiers


eISSN: 2667-0526
print ISSN: 1115-2613