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Kamarthi Venkata Krishna
Gostu Chandrasekhar
N Swapnapriya
Challapalli Srikanth Reddy
Meghana Vummanaboina
Karimaddela Keerthinmayee
Madhusudhan Varla
Gollapalli Kavitha


Breast carcinoma, seroma, drain removal


Background: Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Every year, over a million new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed worldwide. Seroma is the most frequent post-operative complication after breast cancer surgery, developing in approximately 30% of cases. This study aims to assess the effect of early drain removal on seroma formation.

Methods: This prospective study was conducted in the Department of Surgery and Department of Surgical SVRRGGH, Tirupati Hospital from November 2020 to April 2022. 100 consecutive patients who fulfilled the criteria were enrolled to the study after taking complete, written informed consent.

Results: A higher drain output on post-operative day 3 is likely to predict the increased possibility of seroma formation. Factors like age of the patient, BMI, neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, number of lymph nodes removed and the drain removal day have no bearing on seroma rate

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