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A Simple Technique to Enhance Breast Aesthetics Using Porcine Acellular Dermal Matrix (Strattice) in Breast Reconstruction

Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (Abood) Bradford Royal Infirmary, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (Rhodes).
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Impact Factor: 3.33). 10/2012; 130(4):633e-4e. DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318262f698
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