Complications in DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy for Breast Cancer: A Prospective Cohort Study Comparing Unilateral and Bilateral Reconstructions

@article{Schaverien2017ComplicationsID,
  title={Complications in DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy for Breast Cancer: A Prospective Cohort Study Comparing Unilateral and Bilateral Reconstructions},
  author={Mark V Schaverien and Charles E. Butler},
  journal={Annals of Surgical Oncology},
  year={2017},
  volume={24},
  pages={1451-1453}
}
The authors should be congratulated for their important contribution to the literature regarding the relative risks of bilateral deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction. A recent meta-analysis by the same group, powered by four case series comparing 400 bilateral DIEP flaps in 200 women with 562 unilateral DIEP flaps found that the risks of total flap failure for bilateral DIEP flap breast reconstruction were greater than the expected doubling, with a risk ratio… CONTINUE READING
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