Cellulitis after Treatment for Breast Cancer

This article is an answer to the Case – Patient with Acute Onset of Erythema

The postoperative course was uneventful, and she did not receive perioperative antibiotics. Surgery was followed by six courses of chemotherapy and 50 Gy of radiotherapy on the right breast.

Examination of the breast revealed erythema, tenderness, and warmth, none of which crossed the midline, but no masses or lymphedema was palpable. The white-cell count was 13,300 per cubic millimeter. Ultrasonography showed no evidence of a soft-tissue abscess.

The diagnosis of cellulitis was made, and the patient received oral antibiotics, with complete resolution of symptoms. A follow-up mammogram 6 weeks later showed no evidence of recurrent cancer.