The aim of the MAMMA study is to describe the current practice in the management of mastitis and breast abscesses in the UK and Ireland and to provide recommendations for best practice.


1. Understand patient treatment pathways and patterns of sub-speciality involvement

2. Identify variation between different centres, specifically in terms of antibiotic prescribing, rate of operative versus radiological management, waiting time to ultrasound scan, rate of inpatient versus outpatient treatment, length of hospital stay, rate of follow-up by breast surgeons, number of outpatient appointments

3. Generate data to improve current guidelines on the management of mastitis and breast abscess

4. Determine the feasibility of ongoing prospective international annual re-audit