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Inflammatory breast cancer or mastitis?

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 16 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1981
  1. Omar Jalil, senior clinical fellow1,
  2. Christina Yip, consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon2
  1. 1General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lancashire, UK
  2. 2Department of Breast Surgery, Burnley General Hospital, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  1. Correspondence to: O Jalil omar.jalil{at}

This is inflammatory breast cancer in the right breast of a woman in her 70s (fig 1). She presented with a warm and tender breast and was treated for mastitis, which failed to respond to four …

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