axillary tail

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axillary tail

The fibroadipose tissue in the axilla which contains 12 to 25 lymph nodes and breast and arm lymphatics.

In breast cancer (BC), the number of positive lymph nodes in the axillary tail is one of the most important survival prognostors (the other two are diameter of the tumour and histologic grade—i.e., per the Nottingham Index), where a BC with no positive lymph nodes is associated with a > 80% 5-year survival, while a patient with ≥ 20 positive lymph nodes is associated with a < 20% 5-year survival.

axillary tail

Axillary fat pad Surgery The fibroadipose tissue in the axilla which contains 5 to 25 lymph nodes and breast and arm lymphatics