Chemotherapy port related lymphedema after axillary lymph node dissection.
Turfe Z, Pettinga J, Leduc O, Leduc A, and Komorowska-Timek E. Chemotherapy port related lymphedema after axillary lymph node dissection Breast 2016; 28:145-147.
Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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