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|2/8/2006||Necrotic tissue has developed in one of the sites in my left breast where the blue dye was injected prior to surgery in October 2005. What is in the blue dye injected into the breast--(the purpose of which I understand is to inform surgeon whether any cancer cells are present in the sentinel nodes et al)--that causes necrotic tissue to subsequently arise in the breast tissue at one of the injection sites? And what can be done about taking care of this "necrotic tissue". treating it to heal that area? In October 2005, I had a lumpectomy following this blue dye procedure, with no involvement of the nodes as determined by the dye. Arimidex (1 mg daily) had been prescribed for me prior to surgery for approximately 30-45 days. I took it daily for that time. The necrotic tissue is still present and harder, and has changed color from blueish to now black. By this date February 8 2005, the breast area surrounding the 5/8 " diameter circle of necrotic tissue has steadily and slowly increased in redness. What's happening with this tissue? Will it heal?What should I do about it, and what kind of doctor should I consult? I appreciate your willingness to help patients. Thanks.|
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|2/8/2006||first it needs to be confirmed it is necrotic tissue. in some cases the blue dye doesn't fade away and permanently tattoos the breast. so biopsy determines if this is necrosis or not. if it is and is getting worse or causing a healing problem then it is debrided sometimes.|
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