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Coagulase negative staph

10/01/2004

Question:

i have been dx with coagulase neg staph in both breast. i have now been reffered to a surgeon. can you tell me more about this.

Answer:

Your question does not indicate the nature of the changes in your breast. I do not know if you have inflammation of the breasts with a discharge. However, coagulase negative Staphylococcus is one of the members of the Staphylococcal family. Staph as they are commonly referred to live on the skin of all human beings. We carry them around with us and for the most part they do not cause illness. Common infections with Staph are skin infections such as a boil or impetigo. I will presume you have mastitis, that is inflammation of the breasts and coagulase negative Staph is the cause. In that case, antibiotics can be used to treat the illness.

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Response by:

George S Deepe, Jr, MD George S Deepe, Jr, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director of Infectious Diseases
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati