Breast cancer presenting as unilateral arm edema.
J Gen Intern Med. 2007 May
Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.
CONTEXT: Symptomatic arm lymphedema as the presenting symptom of invasive breast carcinoma is a rare occurrence.
DESIGN: We report a case of invasive breast cancer presenting with unilateral arm swelling. The patient was initially thought to have venous thrombosis. A thorough physical examination and a mammogram revealed the presence of breast cancer and associated subclinical axillary lymphadenopathy.
CONCLUSION: Failure to recognize this presentation can lead to misdiagnosis or a significant delay in diagnosis and treatment.
PMID: 17443377 [PubMed - in process]