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In the reconstruction of breast and adjacent soft tissue defects, whether congenital or acquired, three components must be considered: the quality and quantity of the overlying skin, the volume of the breast itself and the pectoral muscles, and lastly the nipple-areola complex. Microvascular surgical techniques permit the transfer of large composite flaps in one stage. In this paper we describe our experience inapplying this composite flap technique to the problem of breast reconstruction.
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