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Use of the Oncoplastic Reduction Pattern Technique Following Removal of a Giant Breast Lipoma

Grossman, Julie MA*; Menes, Tehillah MD; Lahat, Guy MD; Gur, Eyal MD*; Weiss, Jerry MD*; Barnea, Yoav MD*

doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3181f3e3cc
Breast Surgery

We present a case report of a 59-year-old patient with a giant lipoma of the left breast, extending to the left arm. She sought medical consultation because it had become heavy and caused pronounced breast asymmetry. The lesion was excised by means of an oncoplastic technique using the superior-medial pedicle wise-pattern breast reduction approach. We concluded that the use of the oncoplastic reduction pattern technique after removal of a giant breast lipoma is highly rewarding, resulting in a smaller-sized breast that is aesthetically more pleasing, has better symmetry with the contralateral breast, and provides relief from functional mass deficit. This technique minimizes the potential for a breast deformity once the tumor is resected.

From the Departments of *Plastic Surgery and †General Surgery, “B,” Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Affiliated with the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Received June 12, 2010, and accepted for publication, after revision, July 26, 2010.

No funding was provided for this paper. None of the authors have financial interest or personal relationship to declare in relation to the content of this article.

Reprints: Yoav Barnea, MD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, 6 Weizman St, Tel-Aviv, Israel. E-mail:

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