Breast cellulitis and other skin disorders of the breast
- J Michael Dixon, MD
J Michael Dixon, MD
- Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon
- Edinburgh University
- Larry M Baddour, MD, FIDSA, FAHA
Larry M Baddour, MD, FIDSA, FAHA
- Professor of Medicine
- Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
- Section Editors
- Anees B Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)
Anees B Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)
- Section Editor — Breast Surgery
- Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
- Yale University School of Medicine
- Daniel J Sexton, MD
Daniel J Sexton, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Infectious Diseases
- Section Editor — Bacterial Infections
- Professor of Medicine
- Duke University Medical Center
Breast cellulitis is a skin infection that occurs as a result of bacterial entry via breaches in the skin barrier. Issues related to breast cellulitis and other skin disorders of the breast will be reviewed here. Issues related to breast abscess and lactational mastitis are discussed separately, as are issues related to breast reconstruction. (See "Primary breast abscess" and "Lactational mastitis" and "Overview of breast reconstruction".)
Epidemiology — Breast cellulitis is relatively uncommon. A prospective study including 3762 patients evaluated in a dedicated breast center during a 14-month interval found that 0.6 percent presented with erythema of the breast and, of those 22 patients, only 2 had cellulitis . Among patients managed for breast cancer with breast-conserving surgery and radiation therapy, breast cellulitis occurs in 1 to 8 percent of patients [2-7].
Risk factors for breast cellulitis include [1-5,7-9]:
●Breast conservation treatment for breast cancer (breast conserving surgery and radiation therapy)
●Prior breast cellulitis or infection
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