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Successful application of vacuum-assisted closure therapy for ‎treatment of mastitis-associated chronic breast wounds

Received: 7 April 2010 / Accepted: 6 July 2010 / Published online: 21 July 2010

Springer-Verlag 2010

Abstract

Introduction Although non-puerperal mastitis is rare and its cause is rather unclear, the number of patients diagnosed with this defect is increasing. In some cases, standard therapy fails and it progresses to a chronic disease. Vac-uum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy has shown good results in healing complex wounds. Patients and methods The goal of this study was to evaluate our experiences with VAC therapy and to answer the question whether or not should be accepted as an effective treatment in healing chronic wounds caused by non-puerperal mastitis. Retrospectively, we identified five patients with a non-puerperal mastitis chronic wound that was treated using VAC and report on their outcome. Results We reached both wound control and closure of the breast wounds in all patients. Conclusion According to our findings, the VAC therapy can be considered when managing challenging breast wounds, particularly when other therapeutic options have failed. The role of VAC therapy as a primary therapeutic option has not yet been evaluated.

Keywords Breast Mastitis Surgery Vacuum-assisted closure

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