Breast - nonmalignant
Inflammatory / infectious

Author: Hind Nassar, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 27 July 2017, last major update April 2010

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Tuberculosis [title] of the breast [title]

Cite this page: Tuberculosis. website. Accessed September 22nd, 2018.
  • Also called tuberculous mastitis
Clinical features
Case reports
Clinical images

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Resembles breast carcinoma

Costochondral junction TB

Discoloration of overlying skin multiple sinuses

Gross description
  • Multiple sinuses or fistulas; may have focal discoloration or mass
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Granulomas with Langhans giant cells and caseous necrosis (often)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Courtesy of Dr. Mark R. Wick

Ziehl-Neelsen stain+, courtesy of Dr. Mark R. Wick

Granulomatous inflammation and Langhans giant cells

inflammation of
major lactiferous duct
with epithelial necrosis

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Granuloma with central necrosis and epithelioid histiocytes

Suppurative granuloma and inflammatory infiltrate

TB and infiltrating ductal carcinoma

Cytology description
  • Foamy histiocytes, neutrophils, necrotic debris