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Ann Plast Surg. 1999 Nov;43(5):539-41.

Tissue expander infections in children: look beyond the expander pocket.

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Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA 15260, USA.


Infection of the expander pocket is the most common complication encountered with soft-tissue expansion. It is usually due to direct inoculation with skin flora either at the time of expander insertion or from extrusion of the device. The authors report two cases of infection of tissue expanders in which the children had concomitant infected sites distant from the prosthesis. Etiological bacteria of common pediatric infections like otitis media and pharyngitis were cultured from the infected expander pocket, raising suspicion that translocation of the organism to the expander had occurred. Aggressive antibiotic treatment, removal of the prosthesis, and flap advancement is advocated.

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