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Correspondence and Brief Communications
September 2002

Axillary Lymphadenectomy and Drains

Arch Surg. 2002;137(9):1078. doi:

Classe et al1 describe axillary padding as an alternative to closed suction drainage for ambulatory axillary lymphadenectomy. It is of concern that a 22.2% incidence of axillary seroma requiring aspiration was considered acceptable. The authors cite a publication similar to theirs by Jeffrey et al2 in which a 42% need for axillary seroma aspiration was noted.

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