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Posterior radial collateral artery as the basis of the lateral forearm flap.
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PMID:  10668750     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The lateral forearm flap is being increasingly used for covering minor-to-moderate-sized defects for which soft and thin skin is required. Within the framework of an anatomic study carried out on 28 cadaveric arms, the authors investigated the principal artery that supplies blood to this flap namely, the posterior radial collateral artery (PRCA). They found that distal to the lateral epicondyle, the PRCA lies in a constant axial line lateral to the brachioradialis muscle. The average length of the artery distal to the epicondyle is 8 cm. Distal to the epicondyle side branches of the PRCA build an arterial plexus 6 cm (+/-3.5 cm) long and 5 cm (+/-1.1 cm) wide. The posterior cutaneous antebrachii nerve lies close to the artery. This permits the harvesting of a flap that is both innervated and has adequate vascular supply.
R Meirer; C Schrank; R Putz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of reconstructive microsurgery     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0743-684X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-03-09     Completed Date:  2000-03-09     Revised Date:  2011-02-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502670     Medline TA:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-4; discussion 24-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Anatomy, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Forearm / blood supply*
Radial Artery / anatomy & histology*
Surgical Flaps / blood supply*

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