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Why is it that a radical mastectomy could produce axillary edematous(edema)?

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Dr. Johnny Serrano
28 years experience
Lymph nodes: During a radial mastectomy, lymph node dissection is excessive and nodes work to drain the arm of lymph fluid. The less nodes you have more chance of lymph edema.
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