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A 32-year-old female asked:

Lymphedema after 6 years post bilat mastectomy with cervical node swelling breast mri showed no cancer what can cause sudden lymphedema?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Infection/cellulitis: An infection or cellulitis of the arm may cause sudden lymphedema. The arm will usually be warm and tender, and may be accompanied by fever and feeling poorly. Because that doesn't fit with the cervical node enlargement, i would see your doctor to sort this out. Lgromkomd.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Multiple causes: There are multiple causes. Weight gain can contribute. Poor vein circulation can contribute. Having vein clot (DVT) can do it. If you have abnormalities of any lymph nodes upstream to the axilla this can also cause lymphedema. A localized injury or infection can also cause lymphedema. See you oncologist and/or surgeon for a complete evaluation, .
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
SImple blockage: The lymphatic system is a very fragile series of tubes that carry the lymph. Anything that impacts on these tubes can cause slowing up or complete stoppage of the lymphatics. Unfortunately, there is no timing as to the onset nor any real prevention especially in light of the history you provided. The key is to get to a lymphedema physician and certified therapist and get treated right away.

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