Abhishek Sharma, Abhijeet Deshmukh, Nikhil Pendse


Aim: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the management of breast abscess with catheter drainage compared to conventional incision and drainage.

Material and Methods: The study was carried out in Department of Surgery, Chirayu Medical College and hospital, Bhopal. 40 patients of breast abscess who were admitted in female surgical ward from January 2013 to January 2018, were included in this study.

Result: In this study, Majority of the patients (80%) were in the age group of 21-30 years. Breast abscesses were predominantly seen to be occurring in the post partum period, i.e. during lactation (77.5%). Pain and lump were present in all cases. These two were regarded as the cardinal features in the diagnosis of breast abscess. The most common organism cultured was staph, aureus which was present in 85% of cases. Mean duration of hospital stay in drainage group was almost half (7.58) to that of incision and drainage (18.7 days).

Conclusion: It is concluded that incision and closed catheter drainage is a better and logical choice than incision and drainage for the treatment of breast abscess. It is superior to incision and drainage in duration of healing, hospital stay, days of work loss, work load on hospital staff and hospital visits henceforth is a cost-effective method that is beneficial to the patients as well to the hospital.


Breast abscess, Incision and drainage, Staph aureus, Breast, Catheter drainage, Conventional drainage


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