Fatty changes and metastases in axillary lymph nodes

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A variety of pathological changes with clinical and prognostic significance is described in axillary lymph nodes removed at mastectomy. We studied 572 lymph nodes removed from 43 women and 1 man during a radical or modified radical mastectomy performed for carcinoma of the breast. We found that in about one‐third of the specimens some degree of fat infiltration, or changes, was present; metastases were found in either fatty or nonfatty lymph nodes. We conclude that the presence of fat in axillary lymph nodes does not influence implantation of tumor cells from a primary carcinoma of the breast and has to be reported as an anatomic variant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-147
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • fatty changes
  • lymph nodes
  • mastectomy
  • metastases


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