Tail of Spence

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Tail of Spence
Illu lymph chain03.jpg
Lymph Nodes - #3 and #4 are in region of tail of Spence
Latin Processus axillaris,
processus lateralis mammae
TA A16.0.02.007
FMA FMA:58072
Anatomical terminology

The Tail of Spence (Spence's tail, axillary process, axillary tail) is an extension of the tissue of the breast that extends into the axilla.[1]

It is named after the Scottish surgeon James Spence.[2]

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  1. ^ Memon S, Emanuel JC (2008). "The axillary tail--an important caveat in prophylactic mastectomy". Breast J 14 (3): 313–4. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4741.2008.00585.x. PMID 18373642. 
  2. ^ Sebastian, Anton (1999). A dictionary of the history of medicine. Carnforth, Lancs: Parthenon. p. 677. ISBN 1-85070-021-4. 

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