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Use of pedicled latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap to reconstruct the upper limb with large soft tissue defects.
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PMID:  23186925     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: To report the technique of reconstruction of large skin and soft tissue defects in the upper extremity using pedicled latissimus dorsi myocu-taneous flaps. Methods: Six patients with large skin and soft tissue defects were included in this report. There were 5 trauma patients and the rest one needed to receive plastic surgery for his extremity scar. All wounds were in the upper extremity. The sizes of defects ranged from 15 cm multiply 6 cm to 30 cm multiply 18 cm. Pedicled latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flaps were designed according to the defect area and raised with part of latissimus dorsi. The thoracodorsal artery and its perforators were carefully protected during surgery.Results: All flaps healed primarily without flap congestion, margin necrosis or infection. The skin donor sites either received split-thickness skin graft (3 cases, mostly from the anterior thigh) or was closed primarily (3 cases) and had minimal morbidity. Follow-up of 6-12 months showed that the contour of flap was aesthetic and the function of limb was excellent.Conclusion: Our experience indicates that the pedicled latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap is favorable for reconstruction of large skin and soft tissue defects in the upper extremity.
Zhi-Gang Qu; Yu-Jie Liu; Xu He; Xiao-Hen Ding; Guan-Grong Fang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chinese journal of traumatology = Zhonghua chuang shang za zhi / Chinese Medical Association     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1008-1275     ISO Abbreviation:  Chin. J. Traumatol.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100886162     Medline TA:  Chin J Traumatol     Country:  China    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  352-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hand Surgery Center of PLA, 401th Hospital of PLA, Qingdao 266071, China.
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