Lactational Abscess: How Deep Can It Go?

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Prompt diagnosis and treatment of lactational mastitis is necessary to prevent breast abscess.  This presentation describes the unusual occurrence of extreme abscess formation.  Failure to consider abscess when the mother does not respond to first-line antibiotics can lead to delays in treatment and negatively impact breastfeeding.  The purpose of this case scenario is to aim at educating others in effective interventions to lessen the incidence of extreme breast pain and psychological distress associated with abscess.


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  • Nursing - 1.0 Contact Hour


Learning Objectives:
  • List risk factors for developing breast abscess
  • Describe treatment options for breast abscess
  • Describe effective interventions in the management of breast abscess
  • Recognize the compounding effects of breast abscess on breast feeding
  • Discuss the emotional impact of developing breast abscess. 
  • Recognize the need for coordination of care by the entire health care team in the diagnosis and treatment of breast abscess.

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