Inflammatory breast cancer is a relatively rare disease associated with varied presentations, which frequently obscure the underlying diagnosis. We discuss a year-old woman who presented to our emergency department with a chief complaint of right arm swelling and was admitted to the surgical service with an initial diagnosis of spontaneous brachial, axillary, and subclavian venous thrombosis. Further workup revealed an extensive inflammatory breast cancer. To our knowledge there have been no literature reports of inflammatory breast carcinoma in which the sole presenting symptom complex was due to central venous thrombosis.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Presenting With Acute Central Venous Thrombosis: A Case Report - PubMed
It seems probable that as early as C. B ell described the symptoms of inflammatory carcinoma of the breast violet coloration, heat, and enlargement of the breast. Other early references to the disease were made by K lotz , von V olkmann , B ryant , and L eitch ; B ryant described the typical symptoms in particular detail. In L ee and T annenbaum produced comprehensive reports of 28 cases, but it was not until that the disease was again discussed by T aylor and M eltzer ,
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Presenting With Acute Central Venous Thrombosis: A Case Report