Consecutive formation of extensive late seromas with sudden onset: a breast augmentation patient with a puzzling clinical presentation

Consecutive formation of extensive late seromas with sudden onset: a breast augmentation patient... Silicone gel-filled breast implants are the backbone of augmentation mammoplasty. Although a safe and straightforward procedure, augmentation mammoplasty is not exempted from complications. Seroma formation—as a well-known complication—generally occurs at early postoperative period. Although it generally undergoes spontaneous resorption within four to six postoperative weeks, its persistence can cause increased pain, wound dehiscence and infection, which might necessitate subsequent removal of the implant. The term “late seroma” describes seroma after 4 months postoperatively. Late seromas are rare and tend to occur unilaterally. Although late seromas generally have an insidious onset, clinical presentation may vary regarding each individual patient. We present a case report of extensive late seroma formations, with sudden onset, on both sides in a consecutive manner. Our review of the literature suggests that this is the only report of consecutive late seroma formation on both sides of a silicone gel breast augmentation patient. Level of Evidence: Level V, diagnostic study. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Consecutive formation of extensive late seromas with sudden onset: a breast augmentation patient with a puzzling clinical presentation

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-014-1000-2
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Abstract

Silicone gel-filled breast implants are the backbone of augmentation mammoplasty. Although a safe and straightforward procedure, augmentation mammoplasty is not exempted from complications. Seroma formation—as a well-known complication—generally occurs at early postoperative period. Although it generally undergoes spontaneous resorption within four to six postoperative weeks, its persistence can cause increased pain, wound dehiscence and infection, which might necessitate subsequent removal of the implant. The term “late seroma” describes seroma after 4 months postoperatively. Late seromas are rare and tend to occur unilaterally. Although late seromas generally have an insidious onset, clinical presentation may vary regarding each individual patient. We present a case report of extensive late seroma formations, with sudden onset, on both sides in a consecutive manner. Our review of the literature suggests that this is the only report of consecutive late seroma formation on both sides of a silicone gel breast augmentation patient. Level of Evidence: Level V, diagnostic study.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Dec 1, 2014

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