Mastitis Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is mastitis?

Inflammation of the breast, caused by bacteria entering the milk ducts, or by a duct becoming blocked. Good breastfeeding technique and avoiding pressure on the breast can help to prevent it.

Symptoms of mastitis

  • Pain when pressing on the breast

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Breast lump

  • Fever

  • Affected area is warm to touch

  • Currently breastfeeding

Questions your doctor may ask to check for mastitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose mastitis

  • Is there pain when pressing on the breast?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you feel a lump in your breast?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is the affected area of your body hot to touch?

Treatment for mastitis

It is safe to continue breastfeeding. Painkillers and antibiotics can relieve symptoms and clear the infection respectively.

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References

  • Spencer JP. Management of mastitis in breastfeeding women. Am Fam Physician. 2008 Sep 15;78(6):727-31. PMID: 18819238.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2008/0915/p727.html

  • Erivwo P, Turashvili G. Pathology of IgG4-related sclerosing mastitis. J Clin Pathol. 2021 Aug;74(8):475-482. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2020-207029. Epub 2020 Dec 16. Erratum in: J Clin Pathol. 2021 Dec;74(12):e16. PMID: 33328182.

    https://jcp.bmj.com/content/74/8/475

  • Vasileiou NGC, Mavrogianni VS, Petinaki E, Fthenakis GC. Predisposing factors for bacterial mastitis in ewes. Reprod Domest Anim. 2019 Oct;54(10):1424-1431. doi: 10.1111/rda.13541. Epub 2019 Aug 27. PMID: 31361921.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rda.13541

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