Tumor Recurrence after Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: An Alert Call

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In this report, we present a 22-year-old patient with soft tissue sarcoma of the lower extremity that developed wound dehiscence after surgery. Biopsy demonstrated negative margins for cancer. He was treated with negative pressure wound therapy for 6 weeks and started to present increased wound exudates, local pain and proliferating tissue that was positive for tumor recurrence. Consequently he underwent lower extremity amputation with hip disarticulation by the orthopedic team. Although we cannot determine with certainty a full causative relationship, it seems prudent to advise cautious use of negative pressure wound therapy in oncologic related wound beds.

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Andrades, P. , Figueroa, M. , Sepúlveda, S. , Benitez, S. , Erazo, C. and Danilla, S. (2014) Tumor Recurrence after Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: An Alert Call. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, 3, 350-352. doi: 10.4236/crcm.2014.36077.

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