The existence of lymphatic drainage of the breast to axillary and extra-axillary sites has been known for centuries. 1 Although also these latter nodes are known to sometimes contain metastatic disease, their removal has never been pursued enthusiastically. Interest in drainage patterns of breast cancer, however, is growing since the introduction of the sentinel node procedure.Cited by: 330.
Lymphatic drainage of the breast Functional drainage of the breast. Most (75-90%) of the lymphatic drainage of the breast is to the ipsilateral (same side) axillary nodes. Nearly all lymphatics of the breast drain along a subdermal plane into the axillae, typically collecting in a single sentinel lymph node at the lateral border of the.
If you've ever had a surgery on your lymph nodes, your doctor may have suggested lymphatic drainage massage. This is a technique used to remove waste fluids that build up following surgery. Read Author: Elea Carey.