• A review of the cases of major inflammatory disease of the breast seen during an 11-year period found that 49 (77%) of the 64 cases that required hospitalization were not associated with pregnancy or lactation. In such cases, an aggressive surgical approach including excision of central nipple ducts revealed a variant of mammary duct ectasia in 13 of the 14 patients operated on. We believe that when surgery is required for treatment of mastitis, it should include nipple duct excision.
(Arch Surg 1982;117:1027-1029)
Golinger RC, O'Neal BJ. Mastitis and Mammary Duct Disease. Arch Surg. 1982;117(8):1027-1029. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1982.01380320021006