, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 105-108
Date: 10 Jan 2008

Treatment of breast abscesses with ultrasound-guided aspiration and irrigation in the emergency setting

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The purpose of our study was to describe the efficacy of ultrasound (US)-guided aspiration and intracavitary irrigation of breast abscesses in the emergency setting. Ten cases of mastitis clinically suspected of having a breast abscess were referred from the emergency department for breast ultrasound. Eleven abscesses depicted at US were treated with US-guided aspiration and intracavitary irrigation. All patients were given antibiotics, and the success of US-guided treatment was determined. Three abscesses that were smaller than 3 cm were treated with single aspiration and irrigation. Ninety-one percent of patients were cured with US-guided aspiration and irrigation requiring no further surgical intervention. One case of chronic mastitis fistulized to the skin and was drained surgically. No recurrences were observed in the follow-up period. US-guided percutaneous aspiration and irrigation is a successful method for treatment of breast abscesses in the emergency setting. This method is more successful in abscesses with a maximum dimension smaller than 3 cm and should be preferred to the surgical drainage.