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 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. PMID 18373642. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4741.2008.00585.x. 
  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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