Resectable breast cancer: Axillary dissection sparing pectoralis muscles and nerves

G. Muscolino, E. Leo, V. Sacchini, A. V. Bedini, A. Luini

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Abstract

In breast cancer surgery, axillary dissection is currently considered an essential step. Nevertheless, procedures commonly used include the resection of the pectoralis minor muscle and/or pectoralis nerves. Since 1984 we have performed axillary dissection by sparing both the pectoralis muscles and their nerves. In this paper we present the surgical technique. The comparison of the two groups with clinical N0 N1a assessment, the former of 103 patients submitted to this kind of surgical procedure, the latter (108 women) treated by resection of the pectoralis minor muscle, showed that the mean number of dissected lymph nodes in both procedures was superimposable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume14
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery

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