Emergency Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 105–108

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

  • Bulent Ozseker
  • Umit A. Ozcan
  • Kemal Rasa
  • Olcay M. Cizmeli
Original Article


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.


Breast Abscess Ultrasound Percutaneous drainage Lactation 


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© Am Soc Emergency Radiol 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bulent Ozseker
    • 1
  • Umit A. Ozcan
    • 1
  • Kemal Rasa
    • 2
  • Olcay M. Cizmeli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAcibadem HospitalKozyatagiTurkey
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryAcibadem HospitalKozyatagiTurkey

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