Could my Diagnosis of Mondor's Syndrom Actually Be Capsular Contracture?

I found a hard, tender, cord like mass in my left breast. I went to Dr. who diagnosed it as Mondors syndrom. I have had breast implants for 3 years now. I can feel slight rippling in the bottom outer quadrant of my breast, could what they think is a swollen vein actually be scar tissue?

Doctor Answers 6

Could my Diagnosis of Mondor's Syndrom Actually Be Capsular Contracture

it is quite unusual to form a Mondor cord after the initial recovery period unless you are nursing so this sounds a bit unusual and may be the early stages of a cc.


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Have a question? Ask a doctor

Mondor's Cord and Breast Augmentation

Mondor's cord is the inflammation and possible thrombosis of a superficial vein and this "cord" normally crosses the breast creast.  This is not a complication and usually not related to capsular contracture or post-augmenation problem.  This should resolve with ibuprofen and warm compresses, and will likely not impact the breast healing process.  The fact that this is occurring 3 years after your breast augmentation procedure is more uncommon, and perhaps warrants a repeat visit or second opinion.  Best of luck.

Vincent P. Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Mondor's Syndrom vs. capsular contracture

Photo would help. But my guess is there is no relationship between capsular fibrosis and Mondor's Syndrome. Seek local opinions.

From MIAMI Dr. B

Not likely

Although it is not common to develop a Mondor's cord 3 years after breast augmentation, it is not likely that a plastic surgeon mistook a capsular contracture for one.  Capsular contracture doesn't usually present as a cord.  Mondor's superficial thrombophlebitis responds well to warm compresses and nonsteroidal medications (ibuprofen, naprosyn).  Good luck!

Mondor's is not the same as capsular contracture with breast implants

Although it is a bit unusual to have Mondor's develop 3 years after augmentation, it is very unlikely to be a manifestation of CC. It is theoretically possible to have both but I have never seen that. The Mondor's cord, which always occurs on the bottom of the breast across the fold, typically responds well to a steroid injection (something similar to cortisone) directly into it.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Mondors or capuslar contracture

In all fairness without examining you I can not really say what it is.  Mondor's is very different than a capsular contracture.  And rippling shows the outline of the implant through thin skin.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.