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|10/24/2011||I had bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders one month ago. One of my arms has a numb patch about two inches long on the underside of it about halfway between my armpit and elbow. The skin is also darker, dry and scaly compared to the area around it. I had sentinal node bx on this side also. Does this sound like nerve damage and if so, should it eventually get better? Thank you|
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|10/24/2011||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center with your question. Some decrease in skin sensation can result from surgery, particularly if a sentinel node or axillary node biopsy was performed on that side. It is not nerve damage, and sensation should gradually return over time. However, at your next post op visit, be sure and discuss with your breast surgeon and your plastic surgeon so they are aware. Hope this helps and best wishes!|
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