Role of fibrin glue in seroma reduction after modified radical mastectomy


  • Ahmed Fawzy Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Al Menofia University, Egypt
  • Ahmed Gaber Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Al Menofia University, Egypt
  • Abd Al Monem Farid Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Al Menofia University, Egypt



Fibrin glue, Modified radical mastectomy, Seroma


Background: Seroma is one of the most common morbidity occurring post modified radical mastectomy (MRM). It can delay post-operative initiation of adjuvant therapy. This study was designed to determine the role of fibrin glue spray in reduction of seroma volume and duration after breast surgeries.

Methods: A prospective, randomized, controlled study over forty female patients who underwent (MRM) was done. The study cohort was randomized into control group where only conventional drain placement was used and experimental group where double dose of fibrin glue has been sprayed to the axillary and mammary beds plus conventional drain placement. Data regarding the amount of drained fluid in the first post-operative day, hospital stay, length of drain placement, amount and duration of post-operative seroma, number of excised lymph nodes (L. Ns) and pathological results were recorded.

Results: No difference in mean age, number of excised L. Ns and rate of post-operative infection between both groups was detected. There was significant reduction in hospital stay time favouring fibrin glue group (p=0.006). Fibrin glue group had a significant reduction in the length of drain placement (p=0.001). The amount of post-operative serous fluid was reduced and the incidence of occurrence of post-operative seroma was (7/20) 35% in control group compared to (1/20) 5% in fibrin glue group giving significant reduction in incidence and amount.

Conclusions: Use of fibrin glue sealant during MRM resulted in noticeable and significant decrease of post-operative rate of seroma formation, its amount and the length of drain placement.

Author Biography

Ahmed Gaber, Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Al Menofia University, Egypt

Department of General Surgery, Menofia University Hospital


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