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Infección mamaria - Overview

Nombres alternativos

Mastitis; Absceso mamario; Infección del tejido mamario

Definición:

Es una infección en el tejido de las mamas.

Causas:

Las infecciones mamarias son, por lo general, causadas por bacterias comunes que se encuentran en la piel normal (Staphylococcus aureus). Las bacterias se introducen a través de una fisura o ruptura en la piel, generalmente en los pezones.

La infección tiene lugar en el tejido graso de la mama y ocasiona inflamación, la cual comprime a su vez los conductos galactóforos, provocando dolor e hinchazón en la mama infectada.

Las infecciones mamarias se presentan generalmente en mujeres que están lactando. Las infecciones mamarias que no tienen relación con la lactancia podrían ser una rara forma de cáncer de mama.

  • Reviewed last on: 11/1/2009
  • Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, WA, Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

Referencias

Newton ER. Breast-feeding. In: Gabbe SG, Niebyl JF, Simpson JL, eds. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingston Elsevier; 2007:chap 22.

Grobmyer SR, Massoll N, Copeland EM III. Clinical management of mastitis and breast abscess and idiopathic granulomatous mastitis. In: Bland KI, Copeland EM III, eds. The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Disorders. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 6.

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