MAMMARY TUBERCULOSIS: ANALYSIS OF THIRTY-EIGHT PATIENTS

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  • Syed H. Harris,

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    1. Departments of * Surgery,Pathology&Radiodiagnosis, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
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  • Mohd. A. Khan,

    1. Departments of * Surgery,Pathology&Radiodiagnosis, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
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  • Roobina Khan,

    1. Departments of * Surgery,Pathology&Radiodiagnosis, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
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  • Faisal Haque,

    1. Departments of * Surgery,Pathology&Radiodiagnosis, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
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  • Anjum Syed,

    1. Departments of * Surgery,Pathology&Radiodiagnosis, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
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  • Maulana M. Ansari

    1. Departments of * Surgery,Pathology&Radiodiagnosis, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
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  • S. H. Harris MS; M. A. Khan MS; R. Khan MD; F. Haque MD; A. Syed MD; M. M. Ansari MS.

Dr Syed Hasan Harris, Hafeez Manzil, Marris Road, Aligarh, 202001, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Email: hasanharris@yahoo.com

Abstract

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.

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