The combination of titanium plates and acellular collagen matrix was used to restore anterior chest wall integrity in a 68-year-old woman more than 30 years after a Halsted mastectomy and radiation treatment. A vertical rectus abdominis muscle flap was used for myocutaneous coverage of the reconstructed chest wall. Partial necrosis of the flap caused prolonged exposure of the collagen matrix and the titanium plates, which were then covered with a free skin graft. Long-term results were satisfactory despite continued infection treated with vacuum-assisted closure and surgical debridement. Recently introduced materials for chest wall reconstruction may offer resilience to infection, tolerability, and stability, and their use may be contemplated when the potential for local morbidity is high.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine