Conceptual paper: Abdominoplasty and liposuction in systemic sclerosis

Naim Mahroum, Magdi Zoubi, Abdulla Watad, Howard Amital, Josef Haik, Yehuda Shoenfeld

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Surgical interventions in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), in particular plastic procedures, might cause undesired consequences. Notably, liposuction seems to possess greater risk as adipose tissue has been shown to play an important role in treating wounds and ulcers in patients with SSc. While anticentromere antibodies were found to be correlated with vasculopathy in SSc, patients with SSc and anticentromere antibodies might be more vulnerable to surgical wound complications following liposuction. A 46-year-old female patient, who had been diagnosed with SSc at the age of 31 years, had antinuclear as well as anticentromere antibodies. She underwent abdominoplasty with liposuction and developed severe skin necrosis of the abdomen following the procedure and at the site of liposuction. The correlation with anticentromere and the role of liposuction in skin necrosis in SSc are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-375
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Abdominoplasty
  • Anticentromere antibodies
  • Autoimmunity
  • Liposuction
  • Systemic sclerosis (SSc)


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