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Forum Name: Skin Cancer
Question: Seroma will not drain
|lizabeth1973 - Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:07 pm||
I had surgery to remove a malignant melanoma and also lymph node removal on November 27, 2007. Three weeks after surgery I developed a seroma under my arm where the lymph nodes were removed. Last week the seroma started to fill with fluid again. I saw my surgeon yesterday and he tried to drain it again. It would not drain. He said the fluid may have "gelled" and he wants me to come back in 8 weeks. He didn't say whether this was serious or not or how he would remove the gelled fluid. If the lump does not go away on it's own, is there a risk for infection? Will he have to surgically remove the gel?
|Theresa Jones, RN - Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:35 am||
A seroma is essentially a collection of fluid near the surgical site. These often resolve with the contents being reabsorbed by the body, after a few weeks time. Generally speaking the seroma itself does not pose a risk of infection although repeated attempts at aspirating the fluid does increase the risk. I hope this is helpful. Best wishes.
Theresa Jones, RN
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