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Friday, April 20, 2007

Breast cancer presenting as unilateral arm edema.

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]

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