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Open Access Case report

Axillary web syndrome following secondary breast-conserving surgery: a case report

Panmei Wei, Liling Zhu, Kai Chen, Weijuan Jia, Yue Hu and Fengxi Su*

Author Affiliations

Department of Breast Surgery, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510120, PR China

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2013, 11:8  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-11-8

Published: 17 January 2013

Abstract

Background

Axillary web syndrome is a cause of significant morbidity in the early postoperative period after axillary surgery.

Case presentation

A patient developed axillary web syndrome after secondary breast surgery and recovered in 3 weeks through physical therapy and using Aescuven Forte.

Discussion

The pathogenesis of axillary web syndrome is not clear. It is reported that axillary surgery is the main cause. The presented case indicates that tissue injury might be an important cause of axillary web syndrome. Though axillary web syndrome is self-limiting, special physical therapy and Aescuven Forte can shorten the natural duration.

Conclusion

Secondary breast surgery could cause axillary web syndrome. Physical therapy and Aescuven Forte could shorten the duration of the self-limited morbidity.

Keywords:
Axillary web syndrome; Breast cancer; Sentinel lymph node biopsy; Thrombophlebitis