Problems with the transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous island flap in breast reconstruction

D. R. Mackay, S. A. Braun, R. S.H. Stott

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Abstract

The transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (TRAM) island flap would appear to be ideal for breast reconstruction where a significant skin and muscle deficiency exists after mastectomy. The flap is bulky enough to allow reconstruction without a prosthesis and leaves an excellent donor scar. However, in contrast to the impression gained from most reports, we have found the TRAM flap to have a high failure rate. Careful patient selection is essential to avoid flap necrosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-656
Number of pages3
JournalSouth African Medical Journal
Volume76
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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