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Indian Journal of Cancer
Medknow Publications on behalf of Indian Cancer Society
ISSN: 0019-509X
EISSN: 1998-4774
Vol. 40, No. 1, 2003, pp. 27-30
Bioline Code: cn03004
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Cancer, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2003, pp. 27-30

 en How We Performed Chest Wall Reconstruction: Analysis 31 Cases
Tan ZB, Lamichhane N, Thakur B, Liu D X, Xiao QH


OBJECTIVE: To see the results of patients who underwent chest wall resection and reconstruction (CWRR). SETTING AND DESIGN: Retrospective descriptional study. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients who underwent CWRR at Xingtai People's Hospital in China and B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital in Nepal. A total of 31 patients were reviewed. Among them, 20 were male and 11 female. The median age was 63 years. The indications for resection were primary chest wall tumor in 21 patients (67.7%), lung cancer with invasion of chest wall 6 (19.4%), recurrence of breast cancer 2(6.3%), radiation necrosis 1(3.2%) and skin cancer 1(3.2%).RESULTS: The mean number of rib resected was 3.6 ribs, which induced a mean defect of 97.1cm2. Concomitant resection was done in 13 patients, including lung resection 10, partial resection of diaphragm 2, and partial sternectomy 1. Seven patients underwent soft tissue reconstruction (STR) alone and 5 patients skeletal reconstruction (SR) alone. Simultaneous SR and STR were performed in 19 patients. Three patients (9.7%) developed postoperative complications. The median survival period was 22 months. Conclusion: Primary chest wall tumor and lung cancer invading chest wall are the most common diseases indicating CWRR. Simultaneous bony and soft tissue reconstruction was reliable for chest wall reconstruction in most cases and prevents postoperative complications.

Chest wall, Reconstruction, Tumor, Prosthesis

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