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Rotator cuff surgery done. Noticed fluid build up on arm and swelling on breast. Cause of concern?

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My husband had rotator cuff surgery Feb. 19. He was released from hospital the next evening. He has gotten along fairly well but today his temp was 99. He has a lot of fluid build up on the bottom of arm at the elbow and his breast is quite swollen is this cause for concern?
Posted Mon, 11 Mar 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 1 hour later

Sorry for the delay.

This swelling can be due to soft tissue edema or a hematoma.In both cases he needs clinical evaluation.Such focal swellings are common after surgeries, but need evaluation. If he has persistent fever , than focal infection is also likely.

I would suggest to bring this to notice of his surgeon immediately.Doctor might want to get a sonography of this region done to have look at underlying tissue.

Hope this answers your question.Please ask if there are doubts.Regards.
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