Rupture of an expander prosthesis mimics axillary cancer recurrence.
AffiliationPlastic Surgery Department, University College Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway, Ireland. email@example.com
Tissue Expansion Devices
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CitationRupture of an expander prosthesis mimics axillary cancer recurrence. 2005, 58 (7):1027-8 Br J Plast Surg
JournalBritish journal of plastic surgery
AbstractRegional silicone gel migration from a ruptured breast implant has been reported at different locations including the upper extremity, chest wall muscles, axilla and back. We report a patient who presented with an axillary mass that mimicked a regional recurrence 5 years after breast cancer reconstruction with a latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap and silicon gel expander-prosthesis. Surgical exploration revealed that the mass contained silicone gel around the port of the breast expander that had ruptured. The mass was confluent with an intracapsular silicone leak through a tract along the tube of the expander port.
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