Breast Infection (cont.)
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Breast Infection Surgery
If an abscess is present, it must be drained. After injection of local anesthetic, the doctor may drain an abscess near the surface of the skin either by aspiration with a needle and syringe or by using a small incision. This can be done in the doctor’s office or emergency department.
However, if the abscess is deep in the breast, however, it may require surgical drainage in the operating room. This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia to minimize pain and completely drain the abscess. Antibiotics and heat on the area are also used to treat abscesses.
Next Steps for Breast Infection
Mastitis does not cause cancer, but cancer can mimic mastitis in appearance. If a breast infection is slow in going away, your health care provider may recommend a mammogram or other tests to rule out cancer.
Breast Infection Follow-up
If you have a breast infection, you will usually be seen for a recheck in 24-48 hours.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2015
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