‘Patience is a virtue’ – Post-traumatic Axillary Web Syndrome - resolution without intervention

Jaleel Mohammed, Catherine Ash, Jayanti Rai


The current case report showcases an atypical symptomatic post-traumatic Axillary Web Syndrome in a 63-year-old Caucasian male patient with complete resolution of symptoms with no intervention. Axillary web syndrome is a condition where the skin area under the axilla becomes taut and on palpation there is a cord-like feeling similar to a guitar string, usually bound together as spider web appearance. The case report highlights the importance of appropriate physical examination and also the need for Community Diagnostic Centres and Point of Care Ultrasound services to help provide patients with timely diagnosis, reduce patient anxiety, and enhance patient experience and outcomes. The current case study is specifically useful for healthcare professionals working in primary care, especially in the National Health Service, where resources are already stretched to avoid unnecessary referrals, interventions and investigations. The case report is atypical since axillary web syndrome is typically and largely seen in cancer patients, specifically post breast cancer surgery in females and very rarely seen as a post traumatic presentation in acute setting.


Axillary Web Syndrome; first contact practitioner; physiotherapy; breast cancer

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22551/2023.38.1001.10233

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