Axillary masses in a woman with a history of breast cancer: Dermatopathic lymphadenopathy

Nicola Rocco, Gianni Antonio Della Corte, Corrado Rispoli, Vincenzo Sabatino, Federica Romano, Michele Altiero, Maria Giulia Sommella, Giuseppe Falco, Rita Compagna, Bruno Amato, Antonello Accurso

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The presence of axillary enlarged lymph nodes in the follow-up of a woman with a history of breast cancer should always be thoroughly indagated. Dermatopathic lymphadenopathy presents a specific pathologic pattern found within the lymph nodes and is usually associated with cutaneous rashes. Patients with various skin conditions can develop regional lymphadenopathy, which can result in the asymptomatic enlargement of the lymph nodes, especially in the inguinal, axillary and cervical regions. Dermatopathic lymphadenopathy should be considered in the differential diagnosis also in patients with minimal cutaneous findings. Dermatopathic lymphadenopathy is a benign process and management of these patients consists in simple clinical, mammographic and ultrasonographic follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S40-S43
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Axillary lymphadenopathy
  • Breast cancer
  • Dermatopathic lymphadenopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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