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Rehabilitation of unilateral mastectomy using a hollow breast prosthesis: A clinical case report


1 Department of Prosthodontics, A J Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, A.J. Hospital and Research Centre, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Blessy Susan Bangera,
Department of Prosthodontics, A J Institute of Dental Sciences, Kuntikanha, Mangalore - 575 004, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_91_17

The incidence of breast carcinoma is reportedly the second highest among all carcinomas in Indian women. Depending on the extent of resection, age, general health, and economic condition of the patient, various methods of breast reconstruction using surgery have been reported with success and a superior cosmesis. When the patient is unwilling to opt for surgical reconstruction due to various constraints, an alternative technique must be employed. In such cases, nonsurgical prosthetic reconstruction using maxillofacial silicones is considered the only viable option. This prevents the need for a second surgery and rehabilitates the patient during the decision-making phase for considering a delayed reconstructive surgery. The prosthesis mimics the natural texture, feel, weight, and appearance as its natural counterpart enabling the patient to go about her routine social activities. This case report illustrates an indigenous method of rehabilitation of a unilateral mastectomy case using hollow breast form/prosthesis.


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