A randomised study of axillary drainage and pectoral fascia preservation after mastectomy for breast cancer.

@article{Dalberg2004ARS,
  title={A randomised study of axillary drainage and pectoral fascia preservation after mastectomy for breast cancer.},
  author={Kristina Dalberg and Hemming Johansson and Toom Signomklao and Lars Erik Rutqvist and Leif A Bergkvist and Jan Frisell and G{\"o}ran Liljegren and T Ambre and Kerstin Sandelin},
  journal={European journal of surgical oncology : the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology},
  year={2004},
  volume={30 6},
  pages={602-9}
}
BACKGROUND To reduce the risk of seroma after modified radical mastectomy in breast cancer patients, the use of suction axillary drainage is a standard procedure. The optimal time to remove the drain is not established. Whether the removal or preservation of the pectoral fascia influences the risk of seroma formation or loco-regional recurrence rate remains unclear. METHOD The trial included 247 patients with breast cancer who underwent modified radical mastectomy in five Swedish hospitals… CONTINUE READING