Breast cancer recurrences in myocutaneous flap reconstruction

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Autologous flap reconstruction is widely used after skin sparing mastectomy to reconstruct the appearance of the breast. We present 2 cases of breast cancer recurrence in a deep inferior epigastric perforator reconstruction, including a 65-year-old female with history of papillary carcinoma and a 35-year-old female with history of a high grade invasive ductal carcinoma with extensive ductal carcinoma in situ. Differential imaging considerations of the post mastectomy patient are reviewed. Typical appearance of a deep inferior epigastric perforator flap reconstruction as well as location and timing of presentation may help differentiate a recurrence from the more commonly encountered postsurgical etiologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Autologous breast reconstruction
  • Breast cancer
  • Deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap
  • Mastectomy
  • Recurrence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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