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|10/5/2011||I had BMC 5/10/11 with TE placement. Fills done during chemo with no problems. Exchange surgery scheduled for 10/3/11. Had had red area under left TE with stretching and pain. Fluid cultures all neg, WBC normal and no fever or heat to touch. At removal of Lt TE found inside pocket to have very thin skin areas and surgeon said looked like inside of boil. Took out TE then closed. Cultures still neg from surgery and still no signs of infection. Surgeon wants to wait 3 months for reinsertion and then 4 months of fills. Why do I need to wait this long if it was a tissue irritation (from what I believe was overfilling) and not an infection, So don't want to start all over again.|
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|10/6/2011||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Evidently, from what you describe, for whatever reason, irritation with inflamation developed with TE. Thankfully not an infection. So tissue 'rest' and subsequent healing needs to take place. Seek a second opinion with a breast plastic reconstructive surgeon for additional information, and your own piece of mind. Hope this helps, and best wishes|
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