We present five cases of axillary lymphadenopathy which occurred after COVID-19 vaccination and that mimicked metastasis in oncologic patients. Initial radiologic diagnosis raised concerns for metastasis. However, further investigation revealed that patients received COVID-19 vaccinations in the ipsilateral arm prior to imaging. In two cases, lymph node biopsy confirmed vaccination related reactive lymphadenopathy. Ipsilateral axillary swelling / lymphadenopathy was reported based on symptoms and physical examination in COVID-19 vaccine trials. Knowledge of the potential for COVID-19 vaccine-related ipsilateral adenopathy is necessary to avoid unnecessary biopsy and change in therapy.
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