NOBEL MEDICUS, vol.12, no.1, pp.101-105, 2016 (Other Refereed National Journals)
Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is an uncommon inflammatory disease of the breast. Differential diagnosis and exclusion of breast cancer is the most challenging issue for patients and physicians. IGM may be differentiated from cancer and other diseases with histopathological evaluation; however, the response to empirically initiated steroid therapy may sometimes be useful to distinguish it from other diseases. In this context, whether erythema nodosum may assist in the IGM diagnosis is an unasked question. Here we present the case of a 30-year-old woman presenting with tenderness, redness and discharge in her left breast accompanied by a mass, together with pain in her ankles, the findings of IGM and erythema nodosum (EN). We aim to review the medical literature regarding the association between IGM and EN. IGM should be primarily considered when a patient presents with signs of inflammatory breast disease and EN.