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Quan Li, Er-li Gao contributed equally to this work.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
LQ carried out the initial conception and design as well as collection of data and clinical records of the patient. GEL participated in its design and helped to edit the manuscript. HXQ and LQ made up the surgical team involved in the case and carried out the initial conception. YYL and HHY help to revise the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The incidence of traumatic neuroma is extremely low, especially in those patients with breast cancer after mastectomy. There are only 10 cases reported in the literature. We report a patient who developed a palpable nodular mass near the mastectomy scar. The result of excisional biopsy was traumatic neuroma. Review of the literature reveal 10 cases with breast cancer of traumatic neuromas after mastectomy. Traumatic neuroma is a benign lesion and a reparative response of the nerve to injury, either direct/indirect trauma or chronic inflammation. Benign lesions as traumatic neuromas are more rarely seen after mastectomy. However, in order to manage patients' treatment, the most critical problem is to distinguish it from recurrent breast carcinoma. Although assistant examination methods such as ultrasound and computed tomography are valuable to a certain extent, the final diagnosis can only be confirmed on pathologic examination.
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