ePlasty: Vol. 14
Anatomic Evaluation of the Internal Mammary Vessels Using Multidetector CT Angiography Images in 100 Asian Patients
Hiroki Tashima, MD,a Masakazu Fujikawa, MD,a Ken Izumi, MD,a Ken Matsuda, MD, PhD,b Koichi Tomita, MD, PhD,b and Ko Hosokawa, MD, PhDb

aDepartment of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Osaka General Medical Center, Osaka, Japan; and bDepartment of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

Correspondence: hitagood@yahoo.co.jp
Keywords: anatomical variations, internal mammary vessels, breast reconstruction, multidetector computed tomography, Asian patients

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Internal mammary vessels (IMVs) are used extensively as recipient vessels for microsurgical breast reconstruction.1-3 Advantages of IMVs include sufficient arterial flow and easy flap positioning when using flaps with a short pedicle,1,4 although an inadequate diameter of the internal mammary vein may compel surgeons to select an alternative recipient site, such as thoracodorsal vessels. Evaluation of anatomical variations of IMVs is thus .......