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Breast Cancer

, 10:281 | Cite as

Magnetic resonance axillography for preoperative diagnosis of the axillopectoral muscle (langer’s axillary arch): a case report

  • Takaomi Suzuma
  • Takeo Sakurai
  • Goro Yoshimura
  • Teiji Umemura
  • Yukio Shimizu
  • Qi-feng Yang
  • Yoshitaka Okamura
Case Report

Abstract

The axillary arch of Langer is the most common muscular variation in the axilla. Recognition of anatomic variations is important for surgeons to perform safe axillary surgery. We describe a case of a woman with breast cancer, in whom sentinel lymph node biopsy was successfully performed and the presence of this anomaly preoperatively diagnosed by magnetic resonance axillography.

Key words

Langer’s axillary arch Breast cancer Magnetic resonance axillography 

Abbreviations

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging

MR-axillography

Magnetic resonance axillography

SLN

Sentinel lymph node

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Copyright information

© The Japanese Breast Cancer Society 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takaomi Suzuma
    • 1
  • Takeo Sakurai
    • 1
  • Goro Yoshimura
    • 1
  • Teiji Umemura
    • 1
  • Yukio Shimizu
    • 1
  • Qi-feng Yang
    • 1
  • Yoshitaka Okamura
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Affiliated Kihoku HospitalWakayama Medical UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryWakayama Medical UniversityJapan

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