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Eliminating the dog-ear in modified radical mastectomy

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    1 From the Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio and the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.
    William B. Farrar
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    1 From the Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio and the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.
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    Columbus, Ohio, USA
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    1 From the Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio and the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.
    William J. Fanning
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    1 From the Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio and the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.
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    Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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    1 From the Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio and the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.
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      Inadequate attention has been paid to optimal closure of the postmastectomy incision in patients not desirous of breast reconstruction. Herein, we describe the use of a basic plastic surgical technique at the time of mastectomy to eliminate the dog-ear deformity at the axillary end of the incision. The technique is conceptually simple and expedient, and gives and excellent cosmetic result.
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