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Review article
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Surgical anatomy of the breast revisited

Wojciech M. Wysocki, Guido Libondi, Aleksiej Juszczak
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2020.0005
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2020;70(1):26-28.

open access

Vol 70, No 1 (2020)
Review article
Published online: 2020-03-03

Abstract

With the advent of breast conservation options in the 1970s, as well as wider acceptance of breast reconstruction in cancer patients in 1980/1990, ending up with evolution of oncoplastic concepts in the early 2000s, detailed surgical anatomy of the breast became important. This short article reviews surgical anatomy of breast with particular emphasis on innervation and blood supply to the skin and nipple-areolar complex, as well as points out the concept of compartmental breast cancer anatomy. Meticulous dissection and avoidance of transection of major vessels and nerves constitutes the crucial factor for satisfactory results of surgery in terms of preservation of sensation as well as appropriate vitality of skin.

Abstract

With the advent of breast conservation options in the 1970s, as well as wider acceptance of breast reconstruction in cancer patients in 1980/1990, ending up with evolution of oncoplastic concepts in the early 2000s, detailed surgical anatomy of the breast became important. This short article reviews surgical anatomy of breast with particular emphasis on innervation and blood supply to the skin and nipple-areolar complex, as well as points out the concept of compartmental breast cancer anatomy. Meticulous dissection and avoidance of transection of major vessels and nerves constitutes the crucial factor for satisfactory results of surgery in terms of preservation of sensation as well as appropriate vitality of skin.

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Keywords

breast; surgery; anatomy; blood supply; innervation

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Title

Surgical anatomy of the breast revisited

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 70, No 1 (2020)

Pages

26-28

Published online

2020-03-03

DOI

10.5603/NJO.2020.0005

Bibliographic record

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2020;70(1):26-28.

Keywords

breast
surgery
anatomy
blood supply
innervation

Authors

Wojciech M. Wysocki
Guido Libondi
Aleksiej Juszczak

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