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Breast-conserving surgery using an inframammary fold incision technique for breast cancer.

Journal article
Authors Jenny Heiman
Christina Sahlin
Håkan Hallberg
Roger Olofsson Bagge
Published in Journal of plastic surgery and hand surgery
Volume 51
Issue 2
Pages 105-111
ISSN 2000-6764
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Surgery
Pages 105-111
Language en
Keywords breast cancer, breast-conserving surgery, inframammary fold incision
Subject categories Surgery


Breast-conserving surgery is an established alternative for the majority of women with early stage breast cancer. Consensus on negative margins (no ink on tumour) for invasive cancer makes mutilating extensive lumpectomies unnecessary. Several breast-conserving surgical methods are described in the literature. The aim of this study was to describe and evaluate a technique using the inframammary fold incision.Twenty-seven patients with suspected breast cancer (stage I-II) underwent breast-conserving surgery using the inframammary fold incision. Data regarding tumour characteristics, margin status, complications, oncologic and aesthetic outcome was analysed retrospectively.After a median follow-up of 35 months, 23 of the 24 patients with breast cancer (95.8%) had no evidence of disease. Post-operative complications (as defined by infection requiring antibiotic treatment and/or seroma requiring drainage) were seen in three of the 27 patients (11.1%). The final pathological examination revealed a positive excision margin in four patients (16.7%). Post-operative evaluation with the BREAST-Q™ BCT module showed a mean RASCH score of 72.5 regarding 'Satisfaction with breast'. The aesthetic result with a hidden scar is exemplified.Breast-conserving surgery using the inframammary fold incision seems to be a safe method with better cosmesis; however, further research is needed.

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