Seroma following breast cancer surgery

  • C.J Pogsona,
  • A AdwaniCorresponding author contact information, E-mail the corresponding author,
  • S.R Ebbs
  • Breast Unit, Mayday University Hospital, London Road, Croydon CR7 7YE, UK
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1. Introduction

2. Origin of seroma

3. Reduction of seroma

4. Closed wound drainage

5. Patient discharge with drain in situ

6. Early drain removal

7. No wound drainage

8. Conclusions



Background: Seroma is a common problem following breast cancer surgery causing patient discomfort and prolongation of hospital stay.

Methods: This manuscript reviews the relevant literature obtained by an extensive search of the medline database. In addition papers were also derived from the reference lists of retrieved articles.

Results and conclusion: The advantages and disadvantages of the various methods to deal with seroma are discussed. Based on this an individual patient based policy can be formulated.


  • seroma;
  • breast cancer surgery;
  • drains;
  • early discharge

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Table 1. Obliteration of dead space by mechanical means

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Corresponding author contact information
Correspondence to: A.Adwani FRCS, Breast Unit, Mayday University Hospital, London Road, Croydon CR7 7YE, UK.Tel.: +44-20-8401-3405; Fax: +44-20-8401-3406

Specialist Registrar General Surgery, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw Road, Tooting London SW17 0QT, UK.