Turkish Journal of Surgery

Turkish Journal of Surgery

ISSN: 2564-6850
e-ISSN: 2564-7032


Metehan Gümüş1, Zeynep Meltem Akkurt2, Hatice Gümüş3

1Department of General Surgery, Dicle Üniversitesi School of Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey
2Department of Dermatology, Dicle Üniversitesi School of Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey
3Department of Radiology, Dicle Üniversitesi School of Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey

Keywords: Corticosteroids, erythema nodosum, idiopathic granulomatous mastitis


Coexistence of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis and erythema nodosum is very unusual. In this paper, we present a patient with idiopathic granulomatous mastitis accompanied by erythema nodosum to highlight the diagnostic importance of erythema nodosum and its relationship with treatment response of breast lesion. A 39-year-old female with a breast lesion and erythema nodosum was started on treatment with corticosteroids before the results of her histopathological evaluation were obtained. The response to treatment was very quick. Erythema nodosum totally disappeared and the breast lesion regressed noticeably within a week. We think that erythema nodosum associated with a breast lesion may be a sign suggestive of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis and can be used for the evaluation of the response to corticosteroid treatment. More case reports are needed to justify the use of erythema nodosum as a sign suggestive of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis.

This study was presented at the “13th Breast Disease Congress”, “2015”, “Antalya, Turkey”.
Cite this paper as: Gümüş M, Akkurt ZM, Gümüş H. Is erythema nodosum coexisting with lesions of the breast a suggestive sign for idiopathic granulomatous mastitis? Turk J Surg 2018; 34: 68-70.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - M.G.; Design - M.G.; Supervision - Z.M.A.; Resource - H.G.,M.G.; Materials - H.G.,M.G.; Data Collection and/or Processing - H.G.,M.G.; Analysis and/or Interpretation -M.G., Z.M.A., H.G..; Literature Search - M.G., Z.M.A, H.G.; Writing Manuscript - M.G., Z.M.A., H.G.; Critical Reviews - M.G., Z.M.A., H.G.; Other - M.G., Z.M.A., H.G.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.