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Breast Cancer

Lymphedema & compression

02/10/2010

Question:

1.5 yrs ago, with my partial mastectomy, I had several lymph nodes removed. Since April,my cervical problems have caused my ulnar nerve to be compressed, pain and pins & needles down my arm. My concern: could this compression of the nerve cause lymphodema, since the lymph system also flows nearby, and it goes through lymph node areas? Thanks.

Answer:

The nerve compression should not affect the risk for lymphedema.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University