Mondor disease

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Mondor's disease
Other names: Mondor's syndrome of superficial thrombophlebitis[1]
SpecialtyObstetrics and gynecology
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Mondor disease is a rare condition which involves thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins of the breast and anterior chest wall. It sometimes occurs in the arm or penis.[2] Often there is abrupt onset of superficial pain, with possible swelling and redness of a limited area of the anterior chest wall or breast. There is usually a lump present, which may be somewhat linear and tender. A mammogram or breast ultrasound may be done to rule out other causes.[3]

A cause is often not identified, but may include trauma, surgery, or inflammation such as infection. There have been cases associated with cancer.[4]

Management is with warm compresses and pain relievers, most commonly NSAIDS such as ibuprofen. Mondor disease is self-limiting and generally benign.

Male to female ratio is around 1:3.[2] It is named after Henri Mondor (1885–1962), a surgeon in Paris, France who first described the disease in 1939.[5]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 James, William D.; Elston, Dirk; Treat, James R.; Rosenbach, Misha A.; Neuhaus, Isaac (2020). "35.Cutaneous vascular diseases". Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (13th ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. pp. 832–831. ISBN 978-0-323-54753-6. Archived from the original on 2022-03-27. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  3. Shetty MK, Watson AB (October 2001). "Mondor's disease of the breast: sonographic and mammographic findings". American Journal of Roentgenology. 177 (4): 893–6. doi:10.2214/ajr.177.4.1770893. PMID 11566698.
  4. Catania S, Zurrida S, Veronesi P, Galimberti V, Bono A, Pluchinotta A (May 1992). "Mondor's disease and breast cancer". Cancer. 69 (9): 2267–70. doi:10.1002/1097-0142(19920501)69:9<2267::aid-cncr2820690910>;2-u. PMID 1562972.
  5. Henri Mondor: Tronculite sous-cutanée subaiqure de la paroi thoracique antero-laterale, In: Mem. Acad. Chir. 1271, 1939
  6. "UOTW #43 - Ultrasound of the Week". Ultrasound of the Week. 2 April 2015. Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.

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