Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mastitis Underlying Cause

Mastitis is caused by blocking of the milk ducts in a woman who is lactating. The infection may be caused by bacteria that are normally found on the surface of the skin. The bacteria enter through a crack in the skin, usually around the nipple, and start to grow in the fatty tissue of the breast.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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