Mondor’s Cord is not
really a complication, however it is something that some patients do experience
anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks after the surgery. It is considered a benign
occurrence of a superficial vein inflammation (thrombophlebitis) of the chest
wall and mammary region. Mondor’s
Cord was named after Henri Modor (1885-1992), a famous French surgeon who
originally described them.
appear with firm “cord-like” bands that form just under the skin near the
breast. Mondor’s Cord appears when the veins near the site of surgery (the
breast) have been traumatized during the procedure. It is the result of an
inflamed or hardened blood vessel or vein.
condition of Mondor’s Cord appears as one or more raised ridge or “cord like”
veins noticeable under the skin, near the site of the surgical procedure. The
cord like veins begins at the breast and extends down onto the
abdominal area. The veins appear swollen,
and there can be some pain associated with this complication, however, typically
they are just more a nuisance. Mondor’s Cord can either show up in single
formation or sometimes appear in a multiple pattern. These cord-like structures
are temporary and they do go away with time. The
inflamed vein poses no danger of systemic embolization.
Usually over the counter
medications such as ibuprofen or a prescription anti-inflammatory will take away
the pain, and also applying a warm washcloth over the area will help reduce the
inflammation. The most common cause is basically having any incision near or
around the breast, and can occur with
breast reconstruction, breast
breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy) and
cords can appear in the upper outer area of either breast, below the crease line
or in the underarm. The raised
veins will feel firm and tight and can even feel slightly warm to the touch.
Mondor’s Cord will almost always resolve itself without any special care.
Mondor’s Cord can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, such as
ibuprofen, indomethacin, and aspirin if there is pain associated with this
condition. Hot wet compresses help tremendously and can help with the
swelling. Most of the time, Mondor’s Cord resolves itself within 2 weeks to 2
months. Mondor's cord is not
dangerous, requires no surgical intervention, and will not adversely affect the
results of breast augmentation, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast
This condition is a rare occurrence, with only 1 to 2 percent
of breast surgery patients.