Axillary mass


An axillary mass refers to a swollen lymph node in the armpit. It is also known as axillary lymphadenopathy or axillary adenopathy. Here are some key points about axillary masses:

  1. Symptoms:
    • A visible lump in the armpit.
    • Lymph nodes growing larger in size (more than 2 centimeters or larger than 3/4 inch).
    • Bumps around the armpit area that may change shape.
    • Pain or tingling sensations.
    • Fever or chills (in cases of infection).
  2. Causes:
    • Infections: Axillary lymphadenopathy can occur due to infections.
    • COVID-19 Vaccine: Swollen axillary lymph nodes are sometimes a side effect of certain vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Chronic Medical Conditions: Long-term causes may include cancer or other chronic medical conditions.
  3. When to Seek Medical Help:
    • If an armpit lump has suspicious or bothersome symptoms (such as changes in size, shape, texture, redness, pain, or discharge), consult a doctor.
    • If you’re concerned about changes in your underarm lymph nodes following any vaccine, seek medical advice.

Remember that while many cases of axillary lymphadenopathy resolve on their own, some require further medical attention.

Salute to Dr. Florentino and the V.L. Makabali O.R. team on another successful Axillary mass procedure! Your expertise and teamwork make a significant impact on patients’ lives. Keep up the excellent work!