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Neonatal breast abscess

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Neonatal mastitis is an uncommon condition

  • occurs in full term infants in the first few weeks of life
  • girls are affected twice as often as boys
  • initial management consists of intravenous antibiotics, while in cases of abscess formation, incision and drainage is indicated


  • breast abscess complicating neonatal mastitis may affect future development of the breast involved
    • therefore optimisation of clinical management aiming to reduce the possibility of abscess formation seems reasonable
    • for patients treated with incision and drainage in infancy, planned, long-term follow up is recommended


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