Risk factor analysis for breast cellulitis complicating breast conservation therapy

V. H. Brewer, K. A. Hahn, B. W. Rohrbach, John Bell, L. M. Baddour

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Women who undergo breast conservation therapy for early-stage breast cancer can develop breast cellulitis, a complication for which risk factors are undefined. A matched case-control investigation was conducted to identify risk factors for the development of breast cellulitis among patients who have undergone breast conservation therapy. Patients comprised 17 patients with cases of breast cellulitis diagnosed after partial mastectomies that had been performed from 1992 through 1997 and 34 control patients who were matched to case-patients by date of breast lumpectomy and by primary surgeon. Statistical analyses indicated the following factors were associated with breast cellulitis: drainage of a hematoma (P = .010); postoperative ecchymosis (P = .021); lymphedema (odds ratio [OR], 10.154; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.348-208.860); resected breast tissue volume (OR, 1.456; 95% CI, 1.035-2.168); and previous number of breast seroma aspirations (OR, 3.445; 95% CI, 1.036-19.771). This is the first matched case-control study to identify risk factors for the development of breast cellulitis after breast conservation therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-659
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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Cellulitis
Segmental Mastectomy
Statistical Factor Analysis
Breast
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Ecchymosis
Seroma
Lymphedema
Hematoma
Case-Control Studies
Drainage
Breast Neoplasms

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  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Risk factor analysis for breast cellulitis complicating breast conservation therapy. / Brewer, V. H.; Hahn, K. A.; Rohrbach, B. W.; Bell, John; Baddour, L. M.

In: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 31, No. 3, 01.01.2000, p. 654-659.

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Brewer, V. H. ; Hahn, K. A. ; Rohrbach, B. W. ; Bell, John ; Baddour, L. M. / Risk factor analysis for breast cellulitis complicating breast conservation therapy. In: Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2000 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 654-659.
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