NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Face and Jaw Surgery
Can extraction & graft cause breast abscess?
I had a tooth extracted and a bone graft. I took Clindomycin afterwards for 5 days. The endodontist said that the tooth was infected. About a week after the procedure I became ill and was eventually diagnosed with an abscess in my breast which needed to be surgically drained. Because I am 52, and breast abscesses are extremely rare in non-lactating women, I believe there is a link here. Is it possible that the tooth extraction released bacteria that caused the breast abscess?
It is highly unlikely a tooth infection would cause breast abcess. In addition, the cultures of the abcess would indicate the possible source.
Likith V Reddy, MD, DDS, FACS
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati