European Journal of Breast Health
Case Report

Negative-pressure Wound Therapy in Chronic Inflammatory Breast Diseases


Clinic of General Surgery, İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research, İzmir, Turkey

Eur J Breast Health 2016; 12: 91-93
DOI: 10.5152/tjbh.2016.2908
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Mastitis is inflammation of breast tissue that may or may not originate from an infection. Two different forms of mastitis have been described, lactational and non-lactational. Lactational mastitis is the most common type and generally conservative therapy that includes milk removal and physical therapy provides symptomatic relief, but antibiotic therapy is also needed. Common types of non-lactational mastitis are periductal mastitis and idiopathic granulomatous mastitis. Treatment includes antibiotics, drainage, and surgery, but usually this is a chronic process and a therapeutic management algorithm for chronic breast inflammation is unclear and has no consensus. Negative-pressure wound therapy is commonly used for various types of wounds but is limited for breast wounds. In this report, we present and discuss two patients with chronic breast inflammation who underwent surgery and were successfully treated using negative-pressure wound therapy to minimize wide tissue defects and cosmetic problems after surgery. Use of negative-pressure wound therapy for breast wounds might be benefical as it is with other wounds but there is scarce information in the literature

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