Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology / 1996 / Article

Case Report | Open Access

Volume 7 |Article ID 697082 |

Holly Brown, Paul Kneafsey, Amar Kureishi, "Herpes Simplex Mastitis: Case Report and Review of the Literature", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 7, Article ID 697082, 4 pages, 1996.

Herpes Simplex Mastitis: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Received03 Oct 1995
Accepted20 Dec 1995


The most common sites of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection are around the oral cavity and the genitalia. However, HSV can infect any skin or mucous membrane surface. One uncommon site of HSV infection is the breast. Reports of herpetic breast infections are predominantly cases of transmission from a systemically HSV-infected neonate to the mother during breast-feeding. A review of the literature identified only six reports suggesting HSV breast lesions acquired by means other than through an infected infant. Of these, only one report suggests HSV transmission to the breast from a male sexual partner. A second case of clinically unsuspected symptomatic herpes mastitis presumably acquired from sexual contact in a 46-year-old woman is presented. Herpes simplex type 1 was isolated by using polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymerization techniques. The purpose of this report is to alert physicians to HSV mastitis.

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