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Letterman Gordon M.D.; Schurter, Maxine M.D.
Annals of Plastic Surgery: December 1980
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Women with mammary hypertrophy usually have a number of complaints relating to the skeletal system. Nech strain, headache, aching shoulders, heavy anterior chest, and paresthesias of the little fingers disappear after reduction mammaplasty. Low back pain is either completely eliminated or dramatically improved. Posture may or may not be corrected. It is suggested that muscle reeducation be institued in patients who do not show spontaneous improvement. Deep brassiere strap jurrows may vanish after a long postoperative period, or they may be permanent. In any case, they become asymptomatic.

The effects of hypertrophic breasts on the skeletal system are many and varied. A few such problems are illustrated. Many more exist.

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