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Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Jan;54(1):85-7.

An unusual case of cerebrospinal fluid pseudocyst in a previously augmented breast.

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  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Medical Center, 550 1st Avenue, H-169, New York, NY 10016, USA.


Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage catheters can cause a myriad of complications, in large part because they may migrate from their normal location to almost anywhere in the body. We present the unique case of a female patient who had previously undergone bilateral breast augmentation who experienced sudden painless swelling of her right breast 6 weeks after placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Radiologic examination demonstrated ensnarement of the distal aspect of the shunt around her implant, with subsequent formation of a CSF pseudocyst. Management of this patient included replacement of the shunt, drainage of the CSF pseudocyst, and preservation of the implant.

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