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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-35

Infected epidermoid cyst masquerading as breast abscess in a male

Department of General Surgery, Government Medical College and Associated Group of Hospitals, Kota, Rajasthan, India

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N K Dewanda
Department of General Surgery, Government Medical College and Associated Group of Hospitals, Kota - 324 001, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-9596.153154

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Male breast abscess is a rare occurrence. Few cases have been reported earlier in association with human immunodeficiency virus infection, salmonella infection, and breast cancer. However, male breast abscess resulting as a complication of epidermoid cyst has not been reported yet. The diagnosis of male breast abscess is clinical. The typical inflammatory skin changes can be noteworthy clue to the diagnosis. Ultrasonography and fine needle aspiration cytology are useful adjuncts in making diagnosis and finding the probable etiology of the abscess. The treatment of simple male breast abscess is incision and drainage along with daily dressings. In the presence of infected epidermoid cyst as the underlying pathology, the cyst wall should be completely excised to prevent recurrence. We describe an interesting case of male breast abscess occurring due to infected epidemoid cyst which was treated adequately with incision and drainage along with cyst wall excision and post-operative regular wound dressings.

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