A Method for Detection of a Punctured Saline Tissue Expander

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Inadvertent puncture of a tissue expander from a needle can occur both intraoperatively and postoperatively. With a small puncture hole and a partially filled expander, detection of the hole can be very difficult, especially in the postoperative period when removal of the entire device may become necessary for adequate examination. A simple method is described to detect the presence of such a leak with the use of fluorescein dye.

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