How long should suction drains stay in after breast surgery with axillary dissection?

@article{Barwell1997HowLS,
  title={How long should suction drains stay in after breast surgery with axillary dissection?},
  author={Julian G Barwell and Lorraine B. Campbell and Ronald M Watkins and Chloe Teasdale},
  journal={Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England},
  year={1997},
  volume={79 6},
  pages={435-7}
}
Daily suction drainage volumes were recorded for 63 patients after wide local excision of a breast carcinoma with axillary dissection (n = 37) or mastectomy with axillary dissection (n = 26). Suction drains were removed at the discretion of the clinical ward staff after a median of 4 days (range 1-7 days). In all, 32 patients (51%) later developed seromas requiring needle aspiration. Minor wound infection rate was not significantly higher in patients who developed seromas than those who did not… CONTINUE READING