Management of full thickness burns to lactating breasts.
Giele HP., Nguyen H., Wood F., Crocker AD.
A 19-year-old female sustained 8 per cent full thickness petrol flame burns to the neck, chest, breasts, upper abdomen and portions of the right upper limb. The patient had been breast-feeding until the time of the injury. Following assessment of the risks of potential complications such as engorgement, hyperprolactinaemia, mastitis, milk fistulae, glandular loss, scarring and nipple distortion, surgical tangential excision was delayed until bromocriptine produced cessation of lactation and breast involution occurred. This case report demonstrates that consideration of the potential problems in burns to the lactating breasts and prophylactic management can lead to successful healing and probable restoration of function.