Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Abscess after Ductography: A Case Study

Ryne A. Didier, Karen Y. Oh, Roya Sohaey, Mark D. Kettler

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Introduction: Breast ductography is ordinarily considered a safe diagnostic procedure, and to date, no serious complications after the procedure have been reported. In keeping with a rising incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in both the hospital and outpatient settings, this case report describes a serious MRSA complication after ductography. Case presentation: A 45-year-old Caucasian woman presented to the interdisciplinary breast disease clinic for secondary evaluation of a spontaneous unilateral nipple discharge, which was evaluated with ultrasound and contrast ductography. About 2 weeks after the procedure, the patient developed an MRSA breast abscess. Conclusion: As exemplified by this unusual complication from a minimally invasive procedure, heightened awareness of the potential for MRSA infections by clinical providers is prudent as colonization of patients and providers and the risks of clinically significant infections are increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Radiology Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Complications
  • Ductography
  • MRSA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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