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Management of a late breast implant rupture in the setting of previous radiation
  1. Vanessa E Molinar,
  2. Mohamed Diya Sabbagh,
  3. Oscar J Manrique
  1. Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Oscar J Manrique, manrique.oscar{at}


Management of ruptured breast implants is scarcely discussed in the literature, especially in the setting of previous breast cancer and radiation. The authors present an uncommon presentation of late breast implant rupture with seroma and history of prior radiation. It is important to acknowledge the increased risk of wound healing complications in patients who are several years’ postradiation therapy for breast cancer and should be an important factor when discussing treatment options with the patient.

  • breast cancer
  • radiotherapy
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery

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  • VEM and MDS contributed equally.

  • Contributors All authors contributed equally to the case conception, acquisition of data and drafting of manuscript. OJM was the lead surgeon on this case. VEM and MDS assisted. The case was written by VEM and MDS. OJM reviewed and approved the final manuscript and is the corresponding author.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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