Breast cancer presenting as unilateral arm edema

Shaheen Zakaria, Ruth Johnson, Barbara A Pockaj, Amy C Degnim

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-676
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

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Edema
Breast Neoplasms
Lymphedema
Diagnostic Errors
Venous Thrombosis
Physical Examination
Therapeutics
Lymphadenopathy

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Diagnosis
  • Lymphedema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Breast cancer presenting as unilateral arm edema. / Zakaria, Shaheen; Johnson, Ruth; Pockaj, Barbara A; Degnim, Amy C.

In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 5, 05.2007, p. 675-676.

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