Radiation-induced leiomyosarcoma following mastectomy: a case report

Radiation-induced leiomyosarcoma following mastectomy: a case report Adjuvant radiotherapy following mastectomy for breast carcinoma is the current standard of care; however, this has its own associated complications. One of the rare but documented long-term sequelae is the development of a radiation-induced soft tissue sarcoma. We present the case of a 76-year-old Caucasian female with a non-healing axillary ulcer several years post-radiotherapy for a right-sided breast carcinoma. She was referred to the plastic surgery unit for excision and reconstruction which involved a range of techniques including skin grafting and pedicled tissue transfer. Postoperative histology confirmed the rare diagnosis of radiation-induced leiomyosarcoma. This report describes the presentation, diagnosis and management options for a case of soft tissue sarcoma following radiotherapy. Although uncommon, this diagnosis should be considered in the presence of uncharacteristic skin changes after radiotherapy treatment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Radiation-induced leiomyosarcoma following mastectomy: a case report

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2010 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-010-0433-5
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Abstract

Adjuvant radiotherapy following mastectomy for breast carcinoma is the current standard of care; however, this has its own associated complications. One of the rare but documented long-term sequelae is the development of a radiation-induced soft tissue sarcoma. We present the case of a 76-year-old Caucasian female with a non-healing axillary ulcer several years post-radiotherapy for a right-sided breast carcinoma. She was referred to the plastic surgery unit for excision and reconstruction which involved a range of techniques including skin grafting and pedicled tissue transfer. Postoperative histology confirmed the rare diagnosis of radiation-induced leiomyosarcoma. This report describes the presentation, diagnosis and management options for a case of soft tissue sarcoma following radiotherapy. Although uncommon, this diagnosis should be considered in the presence of uncharacteristic skin changes after radiotherapy treatment.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Dec 1, 2010

References

  • Radiation-induced breast sarcoma
    Blanchard, DK
  • Radiation induced soft tissue sarcoma
    Davidson, T; Westbury, G; Harmer, CL

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