Which factors increase the risk of postoperative complications following a modified radical mastectomy?

Updated: Jun 18, 2021
  • Author: Nafisa K Kuwajerwala, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Patients at a higher risk for postoperative complications are those with diabetes, smokers, patients with a history of prior chest wall radiation, and patients with diffuse small vessel disease. After an axillary dissection, along with the normal local healing issues, the alteration of the regional lymphatic system puts patients at an increased risk of complications.


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