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Unfortunately discussing an article based on the abstract is moot. However the abstract should provide some idea as to why these resections were carried out. In case of malignanct tumors- the primary end point is not cosmetic but an oncologically sound resection. As such it is important to provide a londer term survival as well as local recurrence rates. Did any of these patients (with malignancies) undergo adjuvant treatment?
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I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE AUTHORS ON THEIR WORK DONE ON CHEST WALL TUMORS. IT APPEARS FROM THE ABSTRACT THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE REPAIRS WERE DONE USING SYNTHETIC MATERIALS. IN ONLY 9 PATIENTS WAS PRIMARY REPAIR DONE WITHOUT USING ANY SYNTHETIC MATERIAL. i WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHAT SHORT TERM OR L;ONG TERM COMPLICATIONS WERE SEEN , IF ANY, AMONG THE PATIENTS UNDERGOING SUCH REPAIRS.OUR EXPERIENCE WITH SYNTHETIC MESH REPAIRS IS ONLY A LIMITED ONE AND WE PREFER TO CLOSE CHEST WALL DEFECTS USING MUSCLE ADVANCEMENTS OR PEDICLE FLAPS. THE OTHER THING LACKING IS LONG TERM SURVIVAL AMONG THESE PATIENTS. THANK YOU DR. TANVEER AHMAD
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