Secondary lymphedema of the breast

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Swelling in the right axilla

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Female

Malignant appearing lymph nodes in right axilla.  Biopsy = metastatic adenocarcinoma.


Subtle skin thickening only - no suspicious lesion

Gross level I, II and III axilliary lymphadenopathy


MRI breast performed to detect suspected breast malignancy

Marked assymetrical right skin and breast parenchymal edema.   

Case Discussion

Biopsies of right breast revealed no malignancy including inflammatory cancer.  Breast changes are due to lymphatic obstruction by metastatic adenocarcinoma (unknown primary).

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Case information

rID: 17173
Published: 22nd Mar 2012
Last edited: 7th Oct 2015
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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