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Why after a mastecomy are you not supposed to check blood pressure or venipuncture on that side?

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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Risk of Lymphedema: Mastectomy often involves removing the axillary lymph nodes from the arm pit. It is believed that venopuncture and blood pressure measurements, especially if done repeatedly, can cause significant and fairly perment arm swelling called lymphedema.

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