Red breast syndrome: a review of available literature

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2015 Apr;39(2):227-30. doi: 10.1007/s00266-014-0444-x. Epub 2015 Jan 22.


There is scant literature regarding a recently identified clinical entity termed red breast syndrome. Its clinical presentation has been described as a non-infectious, self-limited erythema of a post-mastectomy breast reconstructed using acellular dermal matrix. Its incidence, risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical course, management, and long-term sequelae are largely unknown. We present a review of the available literature on this phenomenon and highlight some opportunities for further research.

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Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acellular Dermis*
  • Erythema / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammaplasty / adverse effects*
  • Mammaplasty / methods*
  • Mastectomy
  • Syndrome