Blood clots after radiation?

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Question from Jamie: I have recently developed blood clots under the breast that was radiated. Is this normal?
Answers - Lydia Komarnicky, M.D. I think you are probably referring to Mondor's disease. This happens sometimes after surgery alone without radiation and is usually more a complication or side effect after surgery. You can also see this happen underneath the arm.

I have seen it on occasion, but much less frequently now that more women are getting sentinel lymph node procedures done as opposed to a standard dissection. This eventually will go away, but can be uncomfortable for a while. If you have any concerns, please point this out to your doctor.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Even though it's called a "disease," it just has that name because someone noted it and assigned it a name. As Dr. Komarnicky said, it's usually mild and does go away.

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