Inflammatory / infectious


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

Hind Warzecha, M.D.
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  • Also called tuberculous mastitis
Clinical features
Case reports
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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

AFIP images

Granulomatous inflammation and Langhans giant cells

inflammation of
major lactiferous duct
with epithelial necrosis

 Contributed by Dr. Mark R. Wick


Ziehl-Neelsen stain+

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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
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