Peau d’orange

The French term peau d’ orange means “orange peel skin”, or more literally “skin of an orange”. Classically is is seen in advanced inflammatory breast cancer, but can be seen in other conditions.

The suspensory ligaments of Cooper play an important role in the change in appearance of the breast that often accompanies the development ofinflammatory carcinoma¬†of the breast in which blockage of the local lymphatic ducts causes swelling of the breast. Because the skin remains tethered by the suspensory ligaments of Cooper, it takes on a dimpled appearance reminiscent of the peel of an orange (peau d’orange). Carcinomas can also decrease the length of Cooper’s ligaments leading to a dimpling. (from wikipedia)

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