Author(s): Venkatramani V, Pillai S, Marathe S, Rege SA, Hardikar JV
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: Breast gangrene has been reported as a complication following puerperal sepsis, breast surgery, nipple piercings, warfarin toxicity, etc. We report a case of primary breast gangrene in an HIV-positive individual which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first of its kind. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old previously healthy woman presented with fulminating left breast gangrene. She was detected to be HIV positive. Mastectomy was performed. The detailed management of the condition is discussed. CONCLUSION: Severe necrotising infections may be initial manifestations of HIV infection and patients with such infections should be screened for HIV.
This article was published in Ann R Coll Surg Engl
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals