How should we manage women with fat necrosis following autologous breast reconstruction: An algorithmic approach

Lisa J. Ellis, Harmeet Bhullar, Kimberley Hughes, David J. Hunter-Smith, Warren M. Rozen

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Fat necrosis is a common complication of autologous breast reconstruction; however, diagnostic criteria are yet to be standardized, making comparison of autologous breast reconstructive techniques challenging. A systematic review found six of 556 articles met inclusion criteria. These results were used to generate an algorithm for managing fat necrosis after autologous breast reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-715
Number of pages5
JournalThe Breast Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • breast cancer
  • breast reconstruction
  • fat necrosis
  • perforator flap

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