Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Post Mastectomy Arm Swelling Evaluation

The evaluation of post mastectomy arm swelling includes a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with post mastectomy arm swelling include:

The diagnosis of post mastectomy arm swelling is made during physical exam. Occasionally, test may be required to investigate additional causes for the arm swelling.

Tests that may be used to evaluate post mastectomy arm swelling include:

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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