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Clinical dermatology •Concise report
An unusual complication of axillary lymph-node clearance
Article first published online: 12 FEB 2013
© The Author(s). CED © 2013 British Association of Dermatologists
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 164–166, March 2013
How to Cite
De Mozzi, P., Da Forno, P., Yii, N. and Harman, K. (2013), An unusual complication of axillary lymph-node clearance. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 38: 164–166. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.2012.04446.x
- Issue published online: 12 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 12 FEB 2013
- Accepted for publication 22 April 2012
We report the case of two elderly patients who developed an unusual striking eruption of the right chest wall, 6 and 8 weeks, respectively, after right axillary lymph-node dissection. The procedures were performed following diagnosis of cutaneous malignant melanoma with regional nodal metastases. Both procedures were complicated by the formation of a seroma, subsequently drained by needle aspiration. On histological examination of the first case, extravasated red cells were found around dilated vessels, which were confirmed by immunohistochemistry to be lymphatic vessels. The eruptions resolved spontaneously within 4–8 weeks. The cause of the eruption remains unclear, but possible reasons are bleeding into the seroma or the occurrence of a temporary lymphovascular anastomosis. To our knowledge, these are the first such cases reported in the literature.