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Lateral thigh flap reconstruction in the head and neck.
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PMID:  9482554     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The lateral thigh free flap is a fasciocutaneous flap based on the cutaneous perforators of the deep femoral vessels. Although originally described in 1983, it has had very few reports in the literature. This article describes the flap and reports our findings and outcomes in nine cadavers (18 thighs) and 33 clinical cases. The position of the vascular pedicle may vary in each case but has always been found to be present. Successful transfer occurred in 30 of 33 cases. Flap loss was attributable to infection, fistula, and hematoma in three of four cases. The flap was especially useful in large defects, most commonly total and base-of-tongue defects. We have found this flap to be reliable and to result in minimal morbidity.
J M Truelson; J L Leach
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery     Volume:  118     ISSN:  0194-5998     ISO Abbreviation:  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Publication Date:  1998 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-19     Completed Date:  1998-03-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508176     Medline TA:  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  203-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Graft Survival
Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
Skin Transplantation*
Surgical Flaps*
Thigh / surgery*

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