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What are signs of infection after a mastectomy for breast cancer?

These are possible signs and symptoms of infection. If any of the following are seen or felt, contact your doctor right away for treatment:
  • Severe pain in the arm, breast, or chest area
  • Red blotches or streaks on the arm, breast or chest wall
  • Possible swelling of the affected area
  • Increased warmth or heat in the area

Signs of infection following a mastectomy include redness, increase in heat of the skin, swelling of the area, drainage from the mastectomy wound and increasing pain in the area. Infection after mastectomy may also cause fevers and body chills.

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