S. H. Harris MS; M. A. Khan MS; R. Khan MD; F. Haque MD; A. Syed MD; M. M. Ansari MS.
MAMMARY TUBERCULOSIS: ANALYSIS OF THIRTY-EIGHT PATIENTS
Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
ANZ Journal of Surgery
Volume 76, Issue 4, pages 234–237, April 2006
How to Cite
Harris, S. H., Khan, Mohd. A., Khan, R., Haque, F., Syed, A. and Ansari, M. M. (2006), MAMMARY TUBERCULOSIS: ANALYSIS OF THIRTY-EIGHT PATIENTS. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 76: 234–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2006.03692.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
- Accepted for publication 20 November 2005.
Thirty-eight patients with mammary gland tuberculosis were evaluated over a 5-year period presenting to the surgical unit of our institution. Unilateral involvement of the breast in a woman presenting at an average age of 29 years was the commonest observation. A lump in the breast with or without discharging sinuses was the most common clinical presentation. Ten (26%) of these patients had breast pain with or without increased breast nodularity. Axillary lymph nodal involvement was evident in 14 (36%) of our patients. Only five patients had associated pulmonary tuberculosis, the rest having an isolated involvement of the breast. Fine-needle aspiration cytology was the most reliable diagnostic modality. Medical therapy with antitubercular drugs ranging from 6 to 9 months was the mainstay of treatment. Surgical intervention was reserved for selected refractory cases.