DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Swollen arm of a 61 year old woman. This is a lymphoedema, an accumulation of lymph fluid in the tissues of the arm. In this case it is a complication of breast cancer treatment. The woman had a mastectomy 10 years previously, to treat carcinoma of the breast. As a result of the surgery the lymphatic vessels in the armpit have since become blocked. Massage or a compression bandage may help reduce the swelling.
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