Is This Mondor's Cord? (photo)
- Asked by CheekyChick in Canada
- 1 year ago
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?
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.
Cord under breast?
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.
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.
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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.
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ditto!! clotted and thrombosed chest wall vein after recent surgery which will improve with antiinflammatory medication and time
Is this Mondor's Cord?
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.
Tethering under the breast after augmentation is self-limited and caused by swelling.
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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Mondor's disease following breast augmentation
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.
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.
What is Mondor's Disease?
It is unusual for a patient to come up with this diagnosis; but, yes, you do have Mondor's disease. Although it sounds like a condition that Boris Karloff might have suffered from, it is generally limited to women. It manifests itself as a palpable cord or cords just under the breast skin and is produced by thrombosis (clotting) of blood within a fairly large vein. The condition can be produced by a number of systemic and local causes, but in your case it is undoubtedly related to the recent surgery. It will go away by itself, but symptomatic treatment, as advocated by colleagues in this column, may help.
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