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Breast Abscess

By

Lydia Choi

, MD, Karmanos Cancer Center

Reviewed/Revised Feb 2024
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Breast infections are usually caused by bacteria. Rarely, breast infections lead to a breast abscess (a collection of pus in the breast).

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Breast abscesses are less common than breast infections. An abscess may develop if a breast infection is not treated.

Doctors usually drain (aspirate) an abscess with a needle. Ultrasonography is used to guide placement of the needle. Sometimes doctors need to make an incision to drain the abscess.

Usually, women are also treated with antibiotics.

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