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Tail of Spence

Tail of Spence
Lymph Nodes - #3 and #4 are in region of tail of Spence
Latin Processus axillaris,
processus lateralis mammae
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]

See also


  1. ^ Memon S, Emanuel JC (2008). "The axillary tail--an important caveat in prophylactic mastectomy". Breast J 14 (3): 313–4.  
  2. ^ Sebastian, Anton (1999). A dictionary of the history of medicine. Carnforth, Lancs: Parthenon. p. 677.  

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