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Axillary web syndrome, with prominent cording in the involved axilla extending down into the medial forearm. This cording occurs after trauma to the lymph system and is presumed to be of lymphatic origin based on histologic and radiographic findings.

Venturing Out on a Limb: Axillary Web Syndrome

  Axillary web syndrome is a poorly understood cause of morbidity after lymph node surgery characterized by visible or palpable cords in the involved axilla extending down into the medial arm and forearm, often accompanied by a sensation of tightness, limitation of movement, and pain. Axillary web syndrome was first described in 2001 as a […]

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Mastectomy without Anesthesia: The Cases of Abigail Adams Smith and Fanny Burney

Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010) survived breast cancer for 6 years. She had the benefits of modern medical science, including anesthesia and painkillers. Despite her disease, Edwards published 2 bestsellers and shared upbeat messages on Facebook about her fate. Two hundred years ago, before the discovery of anesthesia by ether and painkilling pharmaceuticals, the odds of dying […]

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