The Case of the Lateral-Limb Lymphedema

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Sally is a 62-year-old woman who had a mastectomy for stage IIB left-sided breast cancer. She had preoperative chemotherapy followed by the mastectomy, at which time she also had a prophylactic simple mastectomy of her right breast. She completed postsurgical radiation therapy six months ago and is in for a routine follow-up appointment. You begin to prepare her right arm to draw blood for her lab tests, but she stops you, saying that you cannot draw blood from either arm and she doesn’t want it taken from her foot.

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