More on Mondor's syndrome
It is a very rare disease; I have never seen it. I don't think you will find any support groups. Maybe that's a service we could organize here at Woman's Diagnostic Cyber, i.e., postings of women with some of the rarer or unusual women's diseases who are looking for others with those same problems.
Mondor's disease and breast cancer
Cancer 1992 May 1;69(9):2267-2270
Catania S, Zurrida S, Veronesi P, Galimberti V, Bono A, Pluchinotta A
Second Division of Surgery, Ospedale Vittore Buzzi, Milan, Italy.
Mondor's disease or thrombophlebitis of the subcutaneous veins of the chest region is an uncommon condition and is rarely associated with breast cancer. From January 1980 to June 1990, 63 cases of Mondor's disease were diagnosed (57 women and 6 men). In 31 patients, no apparent cause was determined (primary disease), whereas in 32 cases, the disease was secondary because the etiopathogenesis could be discerned.
The identified potential causes were three cases of myentasis (all in men), eight cases of accidental local trauma (seven in women), seven cases of iatrogenic origin (three surgical breast biopsies, one skin biopsy, one needle biopsy, one mastectomy, and one reconstruction operation), six cases of inflammatory process, and eight cases associated with breast cancer (all females).
Three of the tumors were less than 1 cm in diameter. The authors performed conservative surgery in four patients and demolitive in the other four. In this series, the incidence of breast cancer in association with Mondor's disease was the highest yet reported (12.7%). It was concluded that Mondor's disease may at times be caused by breast carcinoma.
This association is by no means exceptional and implies that mammography should always be performed for Mondor's disease, even when the results of a physical examination are negative.
Mondor's disease as first thrombotic event in hereditary protein C deficiency and anticardiolipin antibodies
Neth J Med 1997 Feb;50(2):85-87
Wester JP, Kuenen BC, Meuwissen OJ, de Maat CE
Department of Internal Medicine, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, Netherlands.
A 45-year-old Caucasian woman presented with superficial thrombophlebitis of the right arm and right anterior thoracic wall after bilateral breast surgery followed by spontaneous left anterior thoracic vein thrombophlebitis 3 months later. Besides breast surgery and use of oral contraceptives, hereditary protein C deficiency and anticardiolipin antibodies were found as causes for this bilateral Mondor's disease.