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Draining after breast reduction: a randomised controlled inter-patient study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18562265     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred and seven bilateral breast reductions were prospectively randomised during surgery to receive or not receive wound drains. Fifty-five patients were randomised to have a drain and 52 to not have a drain. There was no statistical difference in the number of complications between the drained and undrained group (P=0.092; student's t-test for independent observations). Twenty-two of the 55 patients in the drained group had a complication, 12 of the 52 patients in the undrained group had a complication. The hospital stay was significantly shorter (P<0.001) in the undrained group. The main discomfort score due to the presence of the drains was 5.62, which can be qualified as high. This study demonstrates that breast reduction without postoperative draining does not increase the risk of complications, increases the patient's comfort and significantly reduces hospital stay.
Leonard U M Corion; Mark J C Smeulders; Paul P M van Zuijlen; Chantal M A M van der Horst
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2008-06-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS     Volume:  62     ISSN:  1878-0539     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-22     Completed Date:  2009-07-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101264239     Medline TA:  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  865-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Drainage / adverse effects*,  instrumentation
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Pain, Postoperative / prevention & control
Patient Satisfaction
Postoperative Period
Prospective Studies
Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control*
Wound Healing
Young Adult

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