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Br J Plast Surg. 2003 Oct;56(7):689-91.

Autologous free tissue breast reconstruction using the internal mammary perforators as recipient vessels.

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Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burns Surgery, Nottingham City Hospital, UK.


Perforator flaps have become popular for autologous free tissue breast reconstruction because they reduce the donor site morbidity. It is possible to apply the this principle to the recipient site. We present our experience of using the perforating vessels from the internal mammary artery and vein as recipient vessels for autologous free tissue breast reconstruction flaps in 21 out of 54 consecutive cases (39%). We discuss the technique and its advantages.

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