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CONTEXT Prophylactic mastectomy is a preventive option for women who wish to reduce their risk of breast cancer. There has been concern about possible negative psychological sequelae following this procedure. However, few data are available regarding long-term satisfaction and psychological and social function following this procedure. OBJECTIVE To(More)
BACKGROUND Options for women at high risk for breast cancer include surveillance, chemoprevention, and prophylactic mastectomy. The data on the outcomes for surveillance and prophylactic mastectomy are incomplete. METHODS We conducted a retrospective study of all women with a family history of breast cancer who underwent bilateral prophylactic mastectomy(More)
PURPOSE Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) is one option for reducing the risk of a second breast cancer in women with a personal and family history of breast cancer. Few data are available regarding satisfaction, psychological, and social function after CPM. The purpose of this research is to evaluate women's long-term satisfaction with CPM,(More)
This study compares the outcome of Singapore flap, vertical rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap (VRAM), and gracilis musculocutaneous flap vaginal reconstruction. A retrospective review of 99 consecutive patients with complete vaginal defects was conducted at the Mayo Clinic from January 1988 to October 2001. All possible complications were determined(More)
BACKGROUND The authors characterized the unanticipated reoperations after prophylactic mastectomy, with or without implant reconstruction. METHODS The surgical cohort was comprised of 1417 women with a family history of breast carcinoma. The women received a prophylactic mastectomy with (bilateral, n = 593; contralateral, n = 506) or without(More)
A method for analysis of silicon in tissue was developed to determine silicon content in breast parenchymal and periprosthetic capsular tissues of patients with silicone or saline implants and to compare levels in tissues from normal (nonaugmented) breasts. It is of interest to determine whether increased silicon content in tissues can be associated with(More)
Outcome studies of the value of reduction mammaplasties have only recently appeared in the literature. Medical directors of insurance companies and managed care plans have been reluctant to pay for reduction mammaplasties, citing the uncertainty of the medical necessity of the procedure. They have defended their position by stating that the medical(More)
BACKGROUND Flaps are currently the predominant method of reconstruction for irradiated wounds. The usefulness of split-thickness skin grafts (STSG) in this setting remains controversial. The purpose of this study is to examine the outcomes of STSGs in conjunction with VAC therapy used in the treatment of irradiated extremity wounds. METHODS The records of(More)
Gynecomastia is defined as an enlargement of the male breast. It is often benign, and can be the source of significant embarrassment and psychological distress. A general medical history and careful physical examination are essential to distinguish normal developmental variants from pathological causes. Treatment is geared toward the specific etiology when(More)
Patients with end-stage renal disease often demonstrate retarded healing of surgical wounds, but the basis for spontaneous wound formation in these patients is less well understood. We report our experience with four patients with a unique clinical entity previously described as the uremic gangrene syndrome (also known as calciphylaxis) that involves(More)