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After how long, is it safe to take a blood pressure on someone who has had a mastectomy?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
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In brief: Other arm

Generally most patients who have had a mastectomy will have dependent lymphedema of the affected arm, due to lymph node dissection.
You are perfectly able to take a blood pressure in the other arm.

In brief: Other arm

Generally most patients who have had a mastectomy will have dependent lymphedema of the affected arm, due to lymph node dissection.
You are perfectly able to take a blood pressure in the other arm.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Depends

Always try to use the good unaffected side first ---but if a few sentinel nodes removed it is okay if you have to but not by the automatic machine that goes to 300 first- do manually.
If full lymph node dissection avoid that side at all cost use leg - calf any thing elsewhere as BP cuff used too high is worse then needle sticks done infrequently.

In brief: Depends

Always try to use the good unaffected side first ---but if a few sentinel nodes removed it is okay if you have to but not by the automatic machine that goes to 300 first- do manually.
If full lymph node dissection avoid that side at all cost use leg - calf any thing elsewhere as BP cuff used too high is worse then needle sticks done infrequently.
Dr. Greg Pahnke
Dr. Greg Pahnke
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