Title

Chemotherapy port related lymphedema after axillary lymph node dissection.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2016

Publication Title

Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Abstract

UNLABELLED: The Mascagni lymphatic pathway comprises superficial channels along the clavicle that drain upper extremity lymph. A 65 year-old woman with recurrent left breast cancer presented with a non-functioning chemotherapy port in the right deltopectoral groove. She had undergone right mastectomy with axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). After port removal and wound closure she developed right upper extremity lymphedema. Patients who have undergone ALND may depend solely on this pathway for upper extremity lymphatic drainage.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: level V.

Medical Subject Headings

Adult; Aged; Axilla; Breast Neoplasms; Equipment Failure; Female; Humans; Lymph Node Excision; Lymphatic System; Lymphedema; Neoplasm Recurrence, Local; Upper Extremity; Vascular Access Devices

PubMed ID

27318169

Volume

28

First Page

145

Last Page

147

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