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Shoulder function following autologous latissimus dorsi breast reconstruction: A prospective three year observational study comparing quilting and non-quilting donor site techniques
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2010 (English)In: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, ISSN 1748-6815, E-ISSN 1532-1959, Vol. 63, no 9, 1505-1512 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Latissimus dorsi harvest and axillary surgery can affect shoulder function. The effect of autologous latissimus dorsi flap (ALD) breast reconstruction and donor site quilting have been inadequately studied. A cohort of ALD flap breast reconstruction patients were assessed pre-operatively and at eight post-operative time-points (up to 3 years after reconstruction) using the self-administered Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) outcome measure, for which validated normative data is available. Patients with incidental shoulder conditions and bilateral reconstructions were excluded. This was a prospective, observational study with blinded data interpretation: 58 patients, 22 of whom had donor site quilting, were assessed. Groups were compatible demographically, in breast care management and in pre-operative DASH score (quilted 6.5, non-quilted 6.4; P = 0.98). Scores were significantly increased at initial post-operative clinic review (mean 49, SD19; P < 0.001), 6 week (29, SD20; P < 0.001), and 3 month (19, SD19; P < 0.01), thereafter remaining at a plateau value of similar to 15 (P > 0.05). Seroma incidence was reduced in the quilted group (5% vs 70%). A strong, significant correlation was found between 3 month DASH score and long term function (r = 0.66, P < 0.0003); patients with DASH > 20 fare significantly worse in the long-term (mean 20 point increase, SD5.0, P < 0.001). Higher post-operative DASH scores correlated significantly with pre-operative DASH (r = 0.58) and BMI (r = 0.36). Adjuvant therapy had no effect on shoulder function. Axillary dissection had a weak correlation with a higher DASH score, but only at the 3-month post-operative time-point (r = 0.32, P = 0.03). ALD flap breast reconstruction generally results in a functionally insignificant increase (6.5 points) in longterm DASH score, although a small subset of patients do develop longterm impairment, and quilting does not appear to inhibit shoulder function. (C) 2009 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

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2010. Vol. 63, no 9, 1505-1512 p.
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Breast reconstruction, Extended autologous latissimus dorsi flap, Shoulder function, DASH, Quilting
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109688DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2009.08.017ISI: 000281513300028PubMedID: 19819774OAI: diva2:859131
Available from: 2015-10-06 Created: 2015-10-05 Last updated: 2015-10-06Bibliographically approved

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