Unilateral preoperative chest wall irradiation in bilateral tissue expander breast reconstruction with acellular dermal matrix: a prospective outcomes analysis.

@article{Weichman2013UnilateralPC,
  title={Unilateral preoperative chest wall irradiation in bilateral tissue expander breast reconstruction with acellular dermal matrix: a prospective outcomes analysis.},
  author={Katie E. Weichman and Yeliz Cemal and Claudia Albornoz and C. Maeve McCarthy and Andrea L. Pusic and Babak J. Mehrara and Joseph J. Disa},
  journal={Plastic and reconstructive surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={131 5},
  pages={921-7}
}
BACKGROUND Prior breast irradiation increases the rate of postoperative complications, including capsular contracture, in tissue expander/implant reconstruction. Acellular dermal matrix is heralded to decrease capsular contracture, but recent evidence suggests a possible increase in postoperative complications. The authors evaluated outcomes in patients undergoing bilateral tissue expander/implant reconstruction with acellular dermal matrix in the setting of prior unilateral irradiation… CONTINUE READING
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