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Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is an autoimmune condition of the breast that is commonly encountered in women of non-white ethnicity such as Southeast Asians, Middle Easterners, and Hispanics. This condition often presents as a painful breast mass, and many patients undergo invasive diagnostic procedures or surgical excision, which can lead to disfiguring scars. Early recognition and prompt treatment with immunosuppressive medications can prevent invasive workups and management. Although previously thought to require an exclusively surgical approach, it now prompts interdisciplinary management. In this context, we present a case series of patients with IGM in a Hispanic population of South Texas.


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