Gloria Kanku Tshimbidi

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Title: Shedding light on breast trauma: A rare yet crucial aspect of women’s health


Common foreign bodies of the breast are routinely introduced into the breast for surgical intervention, for example- MagSeed marker. A bizarre foreign body of the breast may be a result of physical trauma due to abuse. We report on a case of a 34-year-old female who presented with an unusual stainless steel foreign body of the right breast and a suspicious history which raised concern for Gender Based Violence. GBV describes the various forms of violence as a result of the unequal power relationships between genders. It is a common and widespread occurrence in South Africa- a county that is considered to be the rape capital of the world. Traumatic breast injuries are relatively rare, therefore a high clinician index of suspicion is important when dealing with unusual breast injuries to further investigate and rule out abuse.


Dr Gloria Kanku Tshimbidi is a general surgical resident at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg South Africa. She is a young researcher with interests in Women’s health- breast disease in particular, surgical oncology and public health. She hopes to further her surgical training by super-specializing in breast surgery and to combine all of her interest in the future.