A Rare Cause of Reversible Unilateral Breast Swelling: A Case Report

Farhad Fakhrudin Vasanwala, Yuen Li NG


We report a rare case of unilateral breast swelling due to congestive heart failure. Our patient was initially suspected to have carcinoma of the breast based on clinical findings. However, imaging studies showed considerable oedema in the skin, subcutaneous and glandular tissues of the right breast, without a mass lesion. The oedema resolved with diuretic treatment. This case illustrates the point to consider congestive heart failure as a cause of unilateral breast swelling especially in a patient with a background of congestive heart failure and hypoalbuminaemia.

J Med Cases. 2013;4(3):130-132
doi: https://doi.org/10.4021/jmc978w


Unilateral breast swelling; Inflammatory carcinoma of the breast; Congestive heart failure; Hypoalbuminaemia

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