Chest wall reconstructions can be challenging procedures especially after large thoracic defects generated by cancer resections. We report a case of an anterior chest wall defect after a recurrent metaplastic carcinoma of the breast 7 years after the mastectomy. A partial sternectomy was carried out in conjunction with resection of the first four right ribs. Chest wall skeletal defects were reconstructed with polypropylene mesh folded in four under tension. Soft tissue reconstruction was performed with an external controlateral dermoglandular flap after a mammoplasty. The 12 × 38 cm flap remained on the external mammary vascularization and was tunneled to cover the defect. After follow-up, the patient remains disease-free with satisfactory quality of life. This new breast flap can expand the therapeutic arsenal to cover such chest wall defects offering, at the same time, a mammoplasty.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 1, 2012
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