Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Breast Abscess Evaluation

The evaluation of a breast abscess begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in a person with a breast abscess may include:

The diagnosis of a breast abscess can be made without testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a breast abscess include:

Less common tests used to evaluate breast abscesses include:

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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