Breast swelling normal after partial mastectomy?

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Question from KHU: My mother-in-law had a partial mastectomy just over 1 month ago. She is typically a size B cup but the breast swelled to at least a size DD and may have only gone down to a D now. The bruising is getting a little better. Is this type of swelling normal? What should she do?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. The swelling is likely from hematoma, meaning blood and fluid collection, and is common after surgery even one month out. Eventually, depending on the size of the collection, the body will absorb this fluid and ultimately, she should be back to her pre-operative size. But some scarring may actually form, so there could be some mild alteration in size or shape.

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