Journal article

Erysipelas-like inflammation following breast surgery

A Cichowitz, PA Stanley, WA Morrison

Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2007


Impaired lymph drainage is an inevitable consequence of any form of surgery that disrupts lymphatics, resulting in a degree of lymphoedema that may vary from subtle to dramatic and although classically involving an entire limb, may be more localised, confined to only a small area such as a skin flap. Infection is a well-recognised complication of lymphoedema. However, not all inflammatory episodes occurring in the setting of lymphatic dysfunction can be clearly attributed to infection as this article demonstrates. Five patients presented over a 5-year period with distinctive erysipelas-like inflammation affecting the breast which occurred several weeks following reduction mammaplasty in four..

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