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I had a mastectomy one year ago and now I am noticing swelling and pain in my arm. What could be wrong and what do I do?
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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: See your surgeon
Swelling now maybe a sign of lymphedema due to the previous surgery blocking efflux of fluid out of your arm( previous lymph node removal or radiation to your armpit and breast).
Pain now without previous discomfort or burning is unusual therefore you need to be checked out first by the surgeon for infection or recurrence. Once cleared - lymphatic massage treatments.

In brief: See your surgeon
Swelling now maybe a sign of lymphedema due to the previous surgery blocking efflux of fluid out of your arm( previous lymph node removal or radiation to your armpit and breast).
Pain now without previous discomfort or burning is unusual therefore you need to be checked out first by the surgeon for infection or recurrence. Once cleared - lymphatic massage treatments.
Dr. Greg Pahnke
Dr. Greg Pahnke
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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible lymphedema
It is best to see your oncologist.
Arm swelling most often is from lymphedema which can be evaluated and treated by a trained specialist. Other problems however do need to be ruled out which is best determined by your oncologist.

In brief: Possible lymphedema
It is best to see your oncologist.
Arm swelling most often is from lymphedema which can be evaluated and treated by a trained specialist. Other problems however do need to be ruled out which is best determined by your oncologist.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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