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Impact of Smoking Status in Free Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: A Multicenter Study

Moellhoff, Nicholas ; Prantl, Lukas ; Fritschen, Uwe V. ; Germann, Guenter ; Giunta, Riccardo E. ; Zeman, Florian ; Kehrer, Andreas ; Lonic, Daniel ; Broer, P. Niclas ; Ehrl, Denis ; Heidekrueger, Paul I.


Background Several patient-related factors have been identified with regard to the safety and efficacy of breast reconstructions. Using the largest database available in Europe, the presented study investigated the impact of cigarette smoking on deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) free-flap breast reconstructions. Methods In total, 3,926 female patients underwent 4,577 free ...


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