[Recurrent breast cellulitis associated with lymphangiectasia after tumorectomy for breast cancer].Ann Dermatol Venereol 2011 Jun-Jul; 138(6-7):508-11AD
Recurrent breast cellulitis has been described as a complication following breast conservation therapy.
A 50-year-old woman undergoing tumour excision, postoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy presented recurrent breast cellulitis in the same region. The presence of lymphangiectasia suggested a complication subsequent to lymph stasis.
Conservative therapy for breast cancer, allowing the development of subclinical or patent lymphœdema, constitutes a prominent risk factor for recurrent cellulitis. This complication has also been considered in patients with lower extremity cellulitis following saphenous venectomy for coronary bypass surgery. The unusual presence of lymphangiectasia observed in our patient provides clear evidence that lymphœdema is the most prominent risk factor for the development of cellulitis after breast conservation therapy.