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I had my drains removed Friday and understood some fluid under my mastectomy scars would be typical, but I actually look like I have small breasts again and it is uncomfortable. Is this typical?

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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Kate I had fluid build up post bilateral mastectomies my surgeon would manually drain the fluid with a syringe every other day for two weeks after my surgeries. I noticed the more I did with my arms the faster the bluish would build up. Also needed to sleep ony back propped up with pillows or in a lazy boy recliner laying flat or on my side would also cause fluid buildup. In time the fluid build up will stop and reabsorb. Most important is if the areas is red and warm to touch or if you have a fever go to the emergency room as that could be a sign of infection take care
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  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    Hi I had fluid build up for a year after surgery. I still have a little but nowhere near as much as the first year. It is fairly typical. I always showed my oncologist and surgeon anything that bothered me, just to be safe. Not sure what can be done although I did have lymphatic drainage treatments done by a licensed person.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Kate, It isn't unheard of to have fluid continue to build up after drains are removed. They can aspirate off the excess fluid as this will probably make you feel more comfortable. I can only share my personal experience, once the drains were removed, there wasn't any more fluid. I would give your doctor a call tomorrow to check with him/her. They will be able to make a decision if you need to be seen again to remove the excess fluid. Take care, Sharon
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Kate, yes this can happen sometimes. As Vickie said, this collection of fluid is called a seroma. It's fairly common. Sometimes the area had to be needle aspirated. Other times it resolves itself with no help. Your surgeon should see it soon to decide what to do & make sure you have no infection. I had seromas on both sides. I had my bilateral mastectomies in oct of last year and continued to have fluid problems until April. But that was not a normal scenario. Hugs, Diana
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  • vicki e Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    Kate I am dealing with the exact same thing. These pockets of fluid are called seromas. I had my surgery march 1st and my Seroma did not appear until 8 weeks later. I saw my surgeon a few days ago and since mine is not painful or feverish, he wants to wait to see if it resolves on its own. I am in the middle of chemo and at a higher risk of infection. However he told me if I see any signs of infection to call ASAP. They can drain these but they sometimes fill back up. Mine looks like a regrowth of a breast too so I know what you're talking about. Just watch it closely. I agree with Sharon that you should touch base with your doctor. Keep us posted.
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  • kate eshleman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you do much for your responses that were do very caring and so prompt. I am seeing the surgeon soo
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  • kate eshleman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you so much for your responses! I saw the surgeon today and had a needle aspiration. I am feeling much better!
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Glad your feeling better hugs

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