Granulomatous mastitis--a rare cause of erythema nodosum

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Granulomatous mastitis is a recently described, rare condition of unknown aetiology. It occurs in young, parous women as a tender extra-areolar breast lump and therefore needs to be differentiated from carcinoma. Histologically, a discrete granulomatous lobulitis is seen and because of morphological similarities to granulomatous thyroiditis it has been suggested it may be immunologically mediated. We present a patient in whom granulomatous mastitis presented with periarthritis and erythema nodosum, an association not previously described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-2
Number of pages2
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Issue number741
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1987


  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Female
  • Granuloma
  • Humans
  • Mastitis
  • Periarthritis
  • Pregnancy


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