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Breast reconstruction and the COVID-19 pandemic: Adapting practice

  • Bruno Di Pace
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    Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, PhD School of Translational Medicine of Development and Active Aging, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy

    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK

    Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge & Chelmsford, UK
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  • John R. Benson
    Affiliations
    Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge & Chelmsford, UK

    Cambridge Breast Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
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  • Charles M. Malata
    Affiliations
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK

    Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge & Chelmsford, UK

    Cambridge Breast Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
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Published:September 26, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2020.08.117
      We thank Dr Cavalcante and colleagues for their constructive comments in response to our viewpoint on breast reconstruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Di Pace B
      • Benson JR
      • Malata CM
      Breast reconstruction and the COVID-19 pandemic: A viewpoint.
      We welcome discussion of this time-sensitive issue within the context of a different healthcare system which they base on an electronic survey of Brazilian surgeons over a two-month period.
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        • Benson JR
        • Malata CM
        Breast reconstruction and the COVID-19 pandemic: A viewpoint.
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