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1. Overview on idiopathic granulomatous mastitis
2. Epidemiology
3. Etiology and pathogenesis
4. The role of genetic factors
5. Clinical manifestations and classification
6. Microbiology and biological markers
7. Imaging studies in idiopathic granulomatous mastitis
8. Imaging appearances and differential diagnosis of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis
9. Pathology of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis
10. Pathological differential diagnoses for granulomatous mastitis
11. Medical treatment and prognosis
12. Surgical treatment.

Idiopathic Granulomatous Mastitis (IGM) is an uncommon benign chronic inflammatory condition of the breast, occurring most commonly in women of childbearing age with a higher incidence in certain geographical areas. The aetiology is uncertain and diagnosis is difficult; it is usually made by exclusion. The clinical and radiological features often overlap with those of other benign diseases of the breast in women, but also with those of breast cancer, which is why early diagnosis is necessary to allow timely intervention when required.

Its evolution is unpredictable and there is currently no consensus on the optimal treatment for these patients.
The aim of this book is to provide readers with an overview of the data available to date on this unknown and controversial disease. General surgeons, breast surgeons, general practitioners, internal medicine specialists, pathologists, radiologists, rheumatologists, immunologists and dermatologists will certainly benefit from this practical guide.

Hande Koksal is a breast surgeon and professor of general surgery at Selcuk University, Faculty of Medicine, Konya. She has been working in the Breast Unit since 2011 as a consultant, dealing with both breast cancer and benign breast diseases. She is an expert of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis - a rare, benign, inflammatory disease of the breast with unknown ethiopathogenesis and challenging diagnosis. She published several articles in international journals on this condition.

Mr Naim Kadoglou is a Consultant Breast Surgeon at the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust. He completed his primary and secondary school training in Greece (Komotini) and he is a graduate of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine(Turkey). He has been a practising surgeon in the UK since 2000 and lives in London .

He manages a wide range of patients with both malignant and benign breast diseases. Trained in general surgeon, he became a specialist breast surgeon in 2005. He has special interest in undergraduate medical training and won the Andrew White award (2005, Worthing and Southland Hospital NHS trust) and was appointed in 2012 as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the American University Caribbean School of Medicine.

Between 2009 to 2010 he worked in Edinburgh with Professor Mike Dixon when he was appointed as a Locum Consultant Surgeon in the Edinburgh Breast Unit. Professor Dixon has an international reputation in breast surgery. During his time in Edinburgh he reshaped his understanding of breast pathology and he extended his range of Oncoplastic breast surgery skills. One area he became particularly interested in was idiopathic granulomatous mastitis. He collaborated with Prof Hande Koksal on a series of studies in this condition and this led to publication of articles on this topic and ultimately to this book entitled idiopathic granulomatous mastitis.