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What are possible complications after a radical mastectomy?

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Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Several: 1. Infection 2. Bleeding 3. Recurrence of cancer 4. Swelling of the arm or hand 5. Limitation of movement of the arm or shoulder 6. Pain or numbness of the upper inner aspect of the arm. 7. Fluid collection on the chest wall (seroma)
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