Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 281, Issue 5, pp 927–932 | Cite as

Worldwide first experiences with vacuum-assisted closure as alternative treatment method to repair defects of an extended thoracic wall recurrence of breast cancer

  • Darius Dian
  • Vera Bodungen
  • Isabelle Himsl
  • Visnja Drinovac
  • Ioannes Mylonas
  • Harald Sommer
  • Klaus Friese
Gynecologic Oncology



Loco-regional recurrences of the breast cancer are associated with a bad prognosis. Often costly autologous-tissue treatment as a surgery aiming at repairing the defects is necessary.

Patients and methods

Four female patients were treated with the vacuum-assisted closure (VAC)-system in context with the recurrence resection. In all cases a primary local masking was not possible.


In the described cases the wounds healed well during the post-operative phase. There occurred no problems either during the radiation treatment or during chemotherapy in the case of lying VAC-Systems.


Using vacuum-assisted wound closure one can avoid autologous-tissue treatment in the case of extensive loco-regional recurrences.


Breast Cancer Recurrence Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Darius Dian
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vera Bodungen
    • 1
  • Isabelle Himsl
    • 1
  • Visnja Drinovac
    • 1
  • Ioannes Mylonas
    • 1
  • Harald Sommer
    • 1
  • Klaus Friese
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyLudwig-Maximillians-University HospitalMunichGermany
  2. 2.Universitätsfrauenklinik MünchenMunichGermany

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