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Seroma in mastectomy incision

jdmg
Posts: 4
Joined: Feb 2001

I would appreciate some information based on your experience or knowledge. I had a mastectomy on 9/28/00. A drain was installed and then removed about five days later. The seroma persisted so I was put on a program of twice weekly aspirations. I started A/C chemo on 10/20/00 and completed the program on 12/22/00, all the while continuing aspiration. Another drain was surgically implanted on 3/1/01 but the fluid is still forming at the rate of 20-25 cc a day. Has anyone experienced this before, or heard about it? What was the treatment and what was the outcome? Thanks

cruf
Posts: 931
Joined: Oct 2000

Hi! I had a hematoma form after my lumpectomy that wasn't aspirated in Aug. Then in Sept. I had a mastectomy and tubes were removed in about 1 week. Had some fluid but didn't need to have it aspirated. Feb. 2 I had a revision with cleaning of old hematoma. Drain left in about 2 weeks,then needed to be aspirated 1x per week for 3 weeks. Finally didn't need aspiration any more but now have bruising around incision and area getting hard again which is drying hematoma. Fluid production is common,some more than others.Don't worry too much! Things should be calming down soon. Keep in touch. Cathy

jdmg
Posts: 4
Joined: Feb 2001

Cathy, Thank you for responding and so fast. My surgeon or onc had not seen this type of seroma last this long. I felt better knowning after removing the drain you only had to have 3 more aspirations. Did the fluid just stop or was there a small amount?

This is the first time I have had nerve to use the discussion group. I have read messages and it has helped but personal contact was great.

Thanks,
Janet

cruf
Posts: 931
Joined: Oct 2000

Janet, my fluid decreased each week,30cc to 20 cc to 5 cc. I think there is still a bit but I guess not enough to worry about. Good luck. If you have anyother questions, feel free to e-mail me. Cathy

jdmg
Posts: 4
Joined: Feb 2001

Cathy, Thank you for responding and so fast. My surgeon or onc had not seen this type of seroma last this long. I felt better knowning after removing the drain you only had to have 3 more aspirations. Did the fluid just stop or was there a small amount?

This is the first time I have had nerve to use the discussion group. I have read messages and it has helped but personal contact was great.

Thanks,
Janet

deecaf1
Posts: 58
Joined: Dec 2000

Hi, I had a mastectomy on 12/12/00 and had the drain removed eight days later. I then had to go in every three days for three weeks and then every four-five days for several more weeks...in all I probably went in for draining for three months. I was concerned at the time but the surgeon said everybody is different and eventually your body will absorb it all. Many times he got over 100 cc's of fluid....he mentioned having me go in for another drain but decided against it. I'm doing okay now. Good luck to you. Take care, Dee

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