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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
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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