Case Report

Negative-pressure Wound Therapy in Chronic Inflammatory Breast Diseases


  • Ozan Barış Namdaroğlu
  • Hilmi Yazıcı
  • Ahmet Mücteba Öztürk
  • Savaş Yakan
  • Mehmet Yıldırım
  • Ahmet Deniz Uçar
  • Nazif Erkan

Received Date: 03.01.2016 Accepted Date: 03.01.2016 Eur J Breast Health 2016;12(2):91-93

Mastitis is inflammation of breast tissue that may or may not originate from an infection. Two different forms of mastitis have been described, lactational and non-lactational. Lactational mastitis is the most common type and generally conservative therapy that includes milk removal and physical therapy provides symptomatic relief, but antibiotic therapy is also needed. Common types of non-lactational mastitis are periductal mastitis and idiopathic granulomatous mastitis. Treatment includes antibiotics, drainage, and surgery, but usually this is a chronic process and a therapeutic management algorithm for chronic breast inflammation is unclear and has no consensus. Negative-pressure wound therapy is commonly used for various types of wounds but is limited for breast wounds. In this report, we present and discuss two patients with chronic breast inflammation who underwent surgery and were successfully treated using negative-pressure wound therapy to minimize wide tissue defects and cosmetic problems after surgery. Use of negative-pressure wound therapy for breast wounds might be benefical as it is with other wounds but there is scarce information in the literature

Keywords: Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy, breast, mastitis