Rotter's lymph nodes
are small interpectoral lymph nodes
located between the pectoralis major
and pectoralis minor muscles
. They receive lymphatic fluid
from the muscles and the mammary gland
, and deliver lymphatic fluid to the axillary lymphatic plexus
They are associated with breast cancer, as the cancer sometimes spreads (metastases) to the interpectoral lymph nodes. They are named after German surgeon Josef Rotter (1857-1924), who described them in the late 19th century.