I had a lumpectomy for breast cancer. I had 4 lymph nodes removed. I now have a very painful seroma. Will it ever go away?
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Lumpectomy with a painful seroma
The lumpectomy sit can be drained. It may be more difficult if the fluid is building up where the lymph nodes were removed.
It is not uncommon to have seroma (fluid collection) after lumpectomy. Typically, repeated aspiration with compression would be sufficient to treat seroma. Sometimes, an injection of antibiotics within the space may facilitate reducing the collection. In severe cases, a drain tube may need to be inserted to keep the space drained continuously. Pain is from the pressure built within the space. Once seroma starts to diminish, the pain will get better.
Alex Kim, MD
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