THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) — One facet impact of COVID-19 vaccination is creating undue concern amongst girls, inflicting them to fret that they may have breast cancer.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could cause lymph nodes to swell, notably these within the armpit on the facet the place the shot was obtained, specialists say.
Some girls are feeling these armpit lymph nodes and mistaking them for breast lumps, in line with a current report.
Further, these swollen lymph nodes can present up in a mammogram even when girls cannot really feel them. That prompted the Society of Breast Imaging to advocate that ladies postpone any mammography scheduled inside 4 weeks after their last COVID-19 shot.
Post-vaccine lymph node swelling is frequent and innocent, however medical doctors are involved it may trigger undue concern amongst girls. It may additionally set off a false constructive on a mammogram, upping the necessity for pointless additional testing, stated Dr. Brett Parkinson, medical director of Intermountain Medical Center Breast Care Center in Murray, Utah.
“It’s very unusual in the normal screening population to see enlarged lymph nodes. We only see it about 0.2% to 0.4% of the time,” Parkinson stated.
“So when we see it, it does raise a red flag, because when that kind of lymph node swelling is present, about 50% of the time, it can represent either a metastatic breast cancer that has gone from the breast to the lymph node under the arm, or leukemia or lymphoma,” he added.
When medical doctors see this, they need the affected person to return. “We do additional testing, usually ultrasound, and often we will do a biopsy to rule out one of those malignancies,” Parkinson stated.
He famous that about 16% of medical trial sufferers had enlarged lymph nodes after their second shot of the Moderna vaccine, and the Pfizer vaccine produced the same impact.
“I actually had a palpable axillary [armpit] lymph node following my vaccination,” Parkinson stated. “It happens in men as well.”
A collection of case stories revealed on-line just lately within the journal Clinical Imaging detailed 4 girls who received the COVID-19 vaccine after which sought breast screening.