Breast infections are usually caused by common bacteria Staphylococcus aureus found on normal skin. The bacteria enter through a break or crack in the skin, usually on the nipple. The infection takes place in the fatty tissue of the breast and causes swelling.
Even though many plastic surgeries are done to change or enhance some aspect of a person's appearance, rather than for medical reasons, such procedures still involve making incisions in the skin. Because the skin provides a natural barrier against bacteria that can cause infection, any opening in the skin can leave the door wide open for unwanted bugs. In the case of plastic surgery, it also can have an enormous impact on the final outcome—how you look afterward.
Propionibacterium avidum is a common inhabitant of sebaceous glands, traditionally considered to be of low virulence and generally found on implanted foreign material. We report a rare case of P. A year-old woman presented with a non-painful wound discharge 3 weeks postoperatively, and was treated conservatively. She was readmitted 7 weeks postoperatively with a red and tender breast.
This case involves a thirty-five-year-old female patient who was suffering diffuse physical ailments including severe neck, back, and shoulder pain all of which was caused by macromastia. Aside from these complaints the patient was in good health with no significant past medical history. The patient had tried many different treatment options in hopes of alleviating her musculoskeletal complaints including acupuncture, massage and regular appointments with a chiropractor.
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While most women will go through breast surgery without developing an infection, about 1 in 20 women are affected. If not diagnosed and promptly treated, breast cellulitis can lead to life-threatening complications. The symptoms of breast cellulitis tend to occur shortly after the skin is broken in any fashion. This includes breast cancer surgery and other related incisions.