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ISRN Pulmonology
Volume 2011, Article ID 164598, 2 pages
Case Report

A Case of Primary Tubercular Mastitis Masquerading as Carcinoma Breast

Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra 442004, India

Received 21 March 2011; Accepted 9 April 2011

Academic Editors: S. L. Chan and E. Mortensen

Copyright © 2011 Sameer Singhal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Primary extrapulmonary tuberculosis occurring in the breast is extremely rare. In the absence of well-defined clinical features, the true nature of the disease remains obscure and it is often mistaken for carcinoma or pyogenic breast abscess. It also presents a diagnostic problem on radiological and microbiological investigations and thus high index of suspicion acquires an important position. This paper highlights the importance of considering every breast lump as a potential case of tubercular mastitis especially in endemic countries like India that should be subjected to fine needle aspiration cytology or excisional biopsy before considering surgical options like complete mastectomy, without relying only on clinicoradiological findings.