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Iatrogenic Pneumothorax as a Complication to Delayed Breast Reconstruction With Tissue Expander—A Case Report

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Breast reconstruction with expander implant is the most common breast reconstructive procedure. Irradiated patients are seldom reconstructed this way because the tissue expansion is difficult and the complication rates are higher. Pneumothorax is a serious condition and can be seen as a complication to the operation. Literature is sparse; hence, the only study is by Schneider et al who found an incidence of 0.55%. The study focused on immediate reconstruction only and did not report the percentage of irradiated patients. We present a unique case of iatrogenic pneumothorax in a previously irradiated patient undergoing delayed reconstruction with expander insertion. This provides a new perspective to the complication, raising the question whether irradiated patients are at higher risk. As a plastic surgeon, it is important to be aware of this complication and to take account of radiation when selecting reconstruction method.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlastic Surgery Case Studies
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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