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Table 1 Clinical characteristics and presentation, outcome of 34 patients with GLM according to the treatment modalities

From: Is surgical excision necessary for the treatment of Granulomatous lobular mastitis?

  Wide excision (N = 20) Steroid and drainage (N = 14)
Age (year, median)(range) 33 (24-46) 38 (28-57)
Presentation since last delivery, month (range) 16 (2-72) 10 (1-24)
Breast fed in the last 6 months (%) 3 (15%) 2 (14.2%)
Use of oral contraceptive (%) 3 (15%) 2 (14.3%)
Smokers (%) 6 (30%) 3 (21.4%)
Clinical presentation
 painful mass 12 7
 pain and erythema 6 5
 fistula with discharge 2 2
Mean mass size, cm (range) 5.8 (1.5-8) 4.2 (2.4-6)
Over two quadrants Involved or nipple involved (%) 8 (40%) 6 (42.8%)
Recovery time, month (range) 4.1 (1-7.5) 2.8 (1-6)
Additional steroids needed 9 0
Follow up time, month (range) 35 (16-98) 42 (22-67)
Recurrence (%)
(month after initial treatment)
5 (25%)
(6-12)
1 (7.1%)
(7)
Treatment of recurrence
(duration, months)(range)
Steroid therapy
(1.5-4)
Steroid therapy
(1.5)