Effect of reduction mammoplasty on chest wall compliance

Effect of reduction mammoplasty on chest wall compliance Eur J Plast Surg (2012) 35:845–846 DOI 10.1007/s00238-012-0758-3 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Ali Izadpanah & Mihiran Karunanayake & David Bracco & Mario Luc Received: 6 June 2012 /Accepted: 9 August 2012 /Published online: 30 August 2012 # Springer-Verlag 2012 Sir, Preoperative consultation with respirology was subsequently Macromastia can be a debilitating condition, which affects done to rule out any other possible etiologies for persistent patients both physically and psychologically. Patients have orthopnea. The results did not demonstrate any obstructive lung reported significant improvement in respiratory and chronic disease. However, there was a reduced functional residual capac- pain symptoms following reduction mammoplasty (RM). ity (FRC) and expiratory reserve volume (ERV). Yet, there is an ongoing debate whether surgical intervention Patient underwent bilateral breast reduction using inverted- is for functional or cosmetic reasons. Studies have demon- T mammaplasty with “Thorek” nipple–areola complex graft strated a trend towards an improvement in pulmonary func- with no complications. Total reduction weights were 4.9 and tion (PF) following RM, but none have directly measured 4.2 kg for left and right breast, respectively. Intraoperative chest wall compliance (CWC) [1, 2]. We present evidence of compliance studies were done, while she was under anesthesia immediate improvements in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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