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August 1982

Mastitis and Mammary Duct Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport. Dr Golinger is now with The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Arch Surg. 1982;117(8):1027-1029. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1982.01380320021006

• 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)