Axillary Web Syndrome – Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Axillary Web Syndrome

This health condition mostly occurs after undergoing breast cancer surgery. It is the development of connective or scarring tissues under the arm. This condition gives a thick web, rope-like structures which can be felt under the arm which results in pain, stiffness and difficulty lifting the arm.

Axillary web syndrome occurs when lymph nodes are removed from an area called axillary lymph nodes [1].  It can also result from scar tissue obtained from breast cancer surgery. This medical condition can also be referred to as “cording”. If left untreated, the pain can extend from the arm to the wrist. In this write up, we will be exploring various causes, symptoms and how it can be treated and managed properly.