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Signs & Symptoms of Mondor's Disease

Updated April 17, 2017

Mondor's disease is a rare condition. A blood clot causes hardening in the veins, and the veins swell, usually under the skin of the breast or the front chest wall. This doesn't always happen in the chest, but can also occur in the penis or in the arm.

Pain

One of the most obvious signs of Mondor's disease is a pain in the affected area. The pain is localised, and usually the pain is located in the breast, penis or arm, depending on where the trauma to the body has occurred. The pain usually lasts a few weeks, up to a month. Some medications might be prescribed by a doctor to help handle the pain while the condition is occurring.

Swelling and Tenderness

The area that is infected can swell, which might lead to enhanced tenderness to the area for a while. Swelling along the breast tissue should be looked at by a doctor. The swelling might occur in the shape of a cord, along your breast tissue. Size of the swelling might vary slightly until the next step in the condition occurs.

Hardening

After the swelling, the tissue affected by Mondor's disease will begin to harden. The hardening effect might last a month or two. The body will eventually get rid of the hardened tissue on its own. With the hardening of the tissue, there should be less pain in the area. If pain continues to be a problem after the hardening has happened, or if it remains hard on your body for longer than two months, call your doctor to schedule an examination.

Occurances

With the increase of the number of breast augmentation or other enhancement surgeries, this may be one of the risks talked about by a doctor. The trauma of surgery to the tender breast tissue can be one of the reasons why Mondor's disease occurs. It can also occur due to injury. Talk to your doctor if you feel pain in your breasts at any time. Other places it can occur are the arms or penis, again after trauma to the area. Mondor's disease is a very rare condition.

Treating Mondor's Disease

Mondor's disease is essentially harmless. The hardened matter is benign, and as the mass hardens, it becomes painless. After a few weeks, the mass disappears completely. There are a few treatments to help with this condition prescribed by a doctor. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to deal with the pain until the body gets rid of the mass on its own. There is no current treatment for getting rid of Mondor's disease other than time and pain management.

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Calissa Hatton has been writing since 1999, with a focus on business, health, organization and time-management topics. She has been published with "The Republic" newspaper in Columbus, Ind., and she runs her own blog. Hatton studies physics at the University of Louisiana.