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European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 37, Issue 10, pp 529–538

First Online: 31 July 2014Received: 28 April 2014Accepted: 12 July 2014


BackgroundAcellular dermal matrices present a new alternative to supporting expanders and implants for breast reconstruction in breast cancer patients following mastectomy. However, some studies have suggested that acellular dermal matrix may increase the complication rates in certain clinical settings. DermACELL acellular dermal matrix offers advanced processing in order to attempt to decrease bio-intolerance and complications.

MethodsTen consecutive patients that presented for breast reconstruction and were candidates for tissue expanders underwent the procedure with the use of an acellular dermal matrix. The patients underwent postoperative expansion-adjuvant cancer therapy, then tissue expander exchange for permanent silicone breast prostheses. Patients were followed through the postoperative course to assess complication outcomes. Histologic evaluation of host integration into the dermal matrix was also assessed.

ResultsOf the ten patients, eight completed reconstruction while two patients failed reconstruction. The failures were related to chronic seromas and infection. Histology analysis confirms rapid integration of mesenchymal cells into the matrix compared to other acellular dermal matrices.

ConclusionsBased on our observations, DermACELL is an appropriate adjunct to reconstruction with expanders. Histological analysis of vascularization and recellularization support the ready incorporation of DermACELL into host tissue.

Level of Evidence: Level IV, therapeutic study.

KeywordsBreast Acellular dermal matrix Two-stage reconstruction Tissue expanders  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Jamal M. Bullocks


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