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Open Access Case report

A lactating woman presenting with puerperal pneumococcal mastitis: a case report

Barbara Miedzybrodzki1 and Mark Miller2*

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Internal Medicine, Jewish General Hospital, 3755 Cote-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1E2, Canada

2 Division of Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital, 3755 Cote-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, Quebec, H3T 1E2, Canada

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2013, 7:114  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-7-114

Published: 25 April 2013

Abstract

Introduction

Streptococcus pneumoniae is an uncommon etiologic agent in soft-tissue infections.

Case presentation

We report the case of a 35-year-old Caucasian woman who presented to our facility with puerperal pneumococcal mastitis, and review the only other three cases of pneumococcal mastitis described in the medical literature.

Conclusions

The roles of the various pneumococcal vaccines in preventing this disease are discussed.

Keywords:
Mastitis; Pneumococcal infection; Puerperal mastitis; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Pneumococcal vaccine