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Is This Mondor's Cord? (photo)

I think I have developed a Mondor's Cord at 3.5 weeks. It is a hardened line on the underside of my left breast. I am a little confused as my surgery was done through a peri-areolar incision yet the "cord" is underneath. I thought Mondor's Cord developed close to the incision. Could this be something else?

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Mondor's Cord

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hi cheekychick.  Yes, this is Mondor's Cord.  Some patients get it and some do not.  It develops with tension on that area regardless of the incision site.  I know this can be uncomfortable at this juncture but be patient because it will resolve.  This process usually takes about 6 weeks or so.  Take some Advil or Aleve to help with any discomfort.  You can always have confirmation by letting your plastic surgeon take a look at the area.  

Jackson Plastic Surgeon
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Mondor's cord

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It sure looks like  Mondor's cord.  A Mondor's cord can appear in the vicinity of the breast usually along the inframammary region. It usually is self-limiting and improves with warm soaks and anti-inflammatories.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Cord under breast?

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Thank you for your post. This condition is usually temporary on most patients. A little massage and warm compress helps alleviate discomfort faster. Best wishes - Dr. Aldo.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Mondor's....

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Yes, this looks quite typical for Mondor's.  It can happen with any breast surgery, not just augmentation.  These are annoying, but always resolve with time, and some anti-inflammatory medications.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Mondor's Cord After Breast Augmentation

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Hello.

Thank you for sharing your photo and you are correct.

Mondor's disease is not uncommon and the vein thrombosis you exhibit will resolve with time.

It would be good to have your surgeon in the loop of your finding.

I hope this helps and thank you for your inquiry.

The best of luck.

Dr. Sajjadian

Web reference: http://www.DrSajjadian.com

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Mondors band

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ditto!! clotted and thrombosed chest wall vein after recent surgery which will improve with antiinflammatory medication and time

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Is this Mondor's Cord?

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Yes it is. It will resolve with warm compresses and time. The vein clots after being cut through during surgery. The clot will dissolve over time and go away.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Tethering under the breast after augmentation is self-limited and caused by swelling.

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Swelling in the area of breast augmentation causes rigidity of tissue.  When stretched, rather than relaxing, the tissue remains ridid and can create a visible band.  This always goes away with time.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Mondor's disease following breast augmentation

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Yes you are correct this is Mondor's Disease.  It is relatively  uncommon but we do see it from time to time.  It is due to a thrombosed vein under the breast and is related to the incision in the inframammary crease.  It always resolves spontaneously and is usually treated with mild massage and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.  Talk with your surgeon and seek his advice.  

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Mondor's disease

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You are correct, you have Mondor's disease.  I treat this with Ibuprofen and time.  Please ask you surgeon if he/she has any objections to the Motrin.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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