Bacteriology and Antibiotic sensitivity of Breast Abscess

Kaleem Ullah, Muslihuddin ., Nisar Ahmad, Zakaullah Jan, Azma Shoaib


Background: Breast abscess remains to be a common condition in nursing mothers and uncommon in non-nursing mothers.
Causative organisms are usually pyogenic bacteria. Drainage of abscess is the mainstay of treatment and antibiotics are given
according to culture report.
Objective: To determine the frequency of common bacteria amongst patients with breast abscess and their sensitivities to
different antibiotics.
Material and Methods: This Cross sectional study was carried out at Department of Surgery, Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar
st st from 1 January to 31 December 2017. A total of 177 patients with breast abscess were studied. Drainage of the abscess was done
and the collection was sent for culture and sensitivity. Frequency of common bacteria and their sensitivity to different antibiotics was
Results: The mean age of patient was 30 years with SD ± 1.58. 70.1% women were lactating while 29.9%women were nonlactating.
10.73% of patients had Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), 50.28% patients had Methicillin sensitive
staphylococcus Aureus (MSSA), 24.29% and 10.16% of patients had Streptococci and Pseudomonas respectively, while no
growth was found in 4.51% of patients.
Conclusion: Our study concluded that the most common bacteria among patients with breast abscess were Methicillin sensitive
staphylococcus Aureus followed by streptococci.


common bacteria, antibiotic sensitivity, breast abscess

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