Annals of Thoracic Medicine
: 2008  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 110--114

Tuberculosis of the breast

Salim Baharoon 
 Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, King Abdulaziz Medical City, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Salim Baharoon
Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Intensive Care Department 1425, King Abdulaziz Medical City, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, P.O. Box 22490, Riyadh 11426
Saudi Arabia

Tuberculosis of the breast is an uncommon disease even in countries where the incidence of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis is high. Clinical presentation is usually of a solitary, ill-defined, unilateral hard lump situated in the upper outer quadrant of the breast. This disease can present a diagnostic problem on radiological and microbiological investigations, and thus a high index of suspicion is needed. Incorporating a highly sensitive technique like polymerase chain reaction (PCR) may be helpful in establishing the usefulness of such technology and can aid in conforming the diagnosis early. The disease is curable with antitubercular drugs, and surgery is rarely required

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Baharoon S. Tuberculosis of the breast.Ann Thorac Med 2008;3:110-114

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Baharoon S. Tuberculosis of the breast. Ann Thorac Med [serial online] 2008 [cited 2023 Mar 28 ];3:110-114
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