Published: 2020-02-26

Actinomycosis of male breast: a rare case report

Abhishek Mahadik, Rontgen Rajakumar, Nida Khan, Pragati Singhal


Actinomyces is a commensal of gastrointestinal and genital tract that may cause subacute or chronic granulomatous inflammation. Primary actinomycosis of breast is an extremely rare disease. It may present as a mass or as discharging fistulae. It is often diagnosed after biopsy. It may mimic inflammatory carcinoma or mastitis. Treatment is with a prolonged course of antibiotic. Authors present a case of a 70-year-old male with a palpable breast lump, that was suspected to be malignant. Wide local excision was performed, histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of actinomycoses breast. Patient was given antibiotics post operatively.


Actinomycosis, Actinomycosis of breast, Actinomycosis israelii, Granulomatous inflammation

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