Journal of Korean Society of Ultrasound in Medicine 2007;26(2): 89-94.
Ultrasonographic Findings of an Implanted Absorbable Mesh in Patients with Breast Partial Resection: a Preliminary Study.
Yoonjung Choi, Hyun Pyo Hong, Hyon Joo Kwag
Department of Radiology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea.
  Published online: June 1, 2007.
PURPOSE: To present the ultrasonographic findings of an implanted absorbable mesh in patients who underwent breast partial resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the ultrasonographic findings of 18 patients who underwent breast partial resection with an absorbable mesh implant to minimize the breast deformity. Sonography was performed approximately 3 months after surgery (mean interval, 92 days). The presence of a capsule and cyst at the surgical site, the size of the cyst, internal content of the cyst, vascularity of the lesion, and presence of complications were analyzed. RESULTS: An ultrasound examination revealed a well-encapsulated cyst with regular capsule in 16 of the 18 patients. The longest diameter of the cyst varied from 3 cm to 10 cm. Among 16 cases that showed a well-encapsulated cyst, 11 cases showed an isoechoic nodular pattern in the cyst and in the remaining five cases, the internal nodular pattern was not seen. In two of the18 cases, an isoechoic nodular pattern without fluid content was seen for the lesions. A Doppler study revealed no vascularity in any of the lesions. CONCLUSION: Ultrasonographic findings of an implanted absorbable mesh, inserted in the surgical site to minimize breast deformity in patients that underwent breast partial resection, showed the presence of a well-encapsulated cyst with an internal isoechoic nodular pattern in the majority of the cases.
Keywords: Breast, US; Absorbable implants; Surgical mesh
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