Basic fibroblast growth factor expression following surgical delay of rat transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flaps.

@article{Wong2004BasicFG,
  title={Basic fibroblast growth factor expression following surgical delay of rat transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flaps.},
  author={Michael Sze Ka Wong and Detlev Erdmann and Ranya N Sweis and Christiane P{\"o}llmann and Margaret Farrar and Gregory S. Georgiade and L. S. Levin and Kevin C Olbrich and Bruce Klitzman},
  journal={Plastic and reconstructive surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={113 7},
  pages={2030-6}
}
Partial transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (TRAM) flap loss in breast reconstruction can be a devastating complication for both patient and surgeon. Surgical delay of the TRAM flap has been shown to improve flap viability and has been advocated in "high-risk" patients seeking autogenous breast reconstruction. Despite extensive clinical evidence of the effectiveness of surgical delay of TRAM flaps, the mechanisms by which the delay phenomenon occurs remain poorly understood. To examine… CONTINUE READING