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BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2012.5816
  • Rare disease

Breast necrotising fasciitis managed by partial mastectomy

  1. Joanna Hilton2
  1. 1Vascular Surgery Department, ABM University Health Board, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, UK
  2. 2General Surgery Department, ABM University Health Board, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jakub Kaczynski, jakub.kaczynski{at}hotmail.co.uk

Summary

We present the case of a 75-year-old woman who presented with extensive breast cellulitis, which was thought to be secondary to a deep breast abscess. On admission the patient underwent debridement of the breast and broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics were administered. However, during hospitalisation she developed sepsis, acute renal failure and required further debridements for the rapidly spreading necrotising fasciitis. Subsequently, a partial mastectomy was performed and the patient made an overall good postoperative recovery.

Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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