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Breast Abscess Evaluation
- Localized breast swelling
- Localized breast tenderness
- Localized skin redness
- Cloudy discharge from breast
- Nipple and skin retraction may be present in the infected breast.
- One or more lymph nodes in the armpits may be swollen.
The diagnosis of a breast abscess can be made without testing.
Tests that may be used to evaluate a breast abscess include:
- Wound culture
- Complete blood count
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
Less common tests used to evaluate breast abscesses include:
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