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J Korean Surg Soc. 1997 Nov;53(5):631-634. Korean. Original Article.
Kim SH , Jo KA , Kwon TH , Rho BS , Kim DS , Yoon KS .
Department of Surgery, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.

Tuberculosis of the breast is a rare disease. Its diagnosis is difficult because clinical and radiological appearances are not specific and because isolation of the tubercle bacillus from the lesion is seldom possible. This disease is more common in women between 20 to 40 years of age, but is rare in male, elderly patients and prepubertal women. Difinite diagnosis rests on bacterilogical proof and histopathological findings -formation of a granuloma and usually caseous necrosis with or without demonstrable acid-fast bacilli. Treatment of the disease requires a combination of surgery and antitubercular drugs. We experienced 10 cases of tuberculosis of the breast and report with on them along a literature review.

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