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Axillary Examination: 1

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The axillary lymph nodes are distributed along the lymphatic channels running with the axillary vein. The levels of nodes are defined by the borders of the pectoralis minor muscle. The highest nodes of level III are near the costoclavicular (Halsted's) ligament, the apex of the axilla.      

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Axillary Examination: 2

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The examiner supports the patient's elbow with the corresponding hand (e.g. right to right), abducts the patient's arm, and elevates the shoulder toward the patient's ear.       

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Axillary Examination: 3

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By both abducting and elevating the shoulder, the axillary space is maximally opened and level II nodes can be palpated.       

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