We present a case of a 28-year-old woman who came to medical attention after noticing a breast mass associated with an overlying eroded plaque of the skin. A core biopsy of the breast mass was negative for malignancy but demonstrated granulomatous inflammatory changes. Acid-fast bacilli and Gomori methenamine-silver stains were negative for microorganisms. The patient was diagnosed with presumptive idiopathic granulomatous mastitis and started on oral steroids. Her symptoms progressed. Tissue culture from a repeat biopsy grew Mycobacterium mucogenicum. The patient responded well to combination oral antimicrobial therapy.
- infectious diseases
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Contributors KK and LMG both provided clinical care for the patient and contributed to the writing of the manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Obtained.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.