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December 2000

Red Nodules on the Arm of a Patient With Breast Cancer

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Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(12):1559-1564. doi:

A 62-year-old white woman developed asymptomatic red nodules on her right arm, which she attributed to arthropod bites. Three months later, she developed edema on her arm and was hospitalized for presumptive fasciitis. Two years earlier, the patient had been treated with a radical mastectomy and chemotherapy for cancer of the right breast.

Physical examination revealed nontender, nonpitting edema of the right arm and 7 nontender red papules and nodules with thick scale and an ulcer on the right elbow and forearm (Figure 1).

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