Breast cancer presenting as unilateral arm edema

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

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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Breast cancer
  • Diagnosis
  • Lymphedema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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