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|3/15/2012||I had dbl skin saving mast with TE Oct 26/11 with previous rads to R breast Sept/09. Have been on & off antibiotic ever since op. I had necrosis on my R nipple the next day after my surgery and have very thin tissue and a small open hole that drains yellow fluid frequently. I have had only one fill on my R side before the site reopened and cellulitis was diagnosed. What do you suggest should be done now?|
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|3/16/2012||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center with your question. This is unfortunately a common occurrence when there has been previous radiation. The radiation does permanent damage to the breast skin and the blood supply to the skin which causes it to thin, and have trouble with healing wounds after surgery. This damage also increases the change for infection after surgery. You should continue with the antibiotics as prescribed and follow up for wound care. I would hold off on expansion until the infection has cleared and the wound has healed. Hope this helps and best wishes. |
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