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Zygomatico-orbital artery as a recipient vessel for microsurgical head and neck reconstruction.
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PMID:  23851878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The selection of recipient vessels in head and neck reconstruction is one of the key factors influencing its difficulty and outcome. We report a case of a microsurgical scalp reconstruction using the zygomatico-orbital artery as a recipient vessel.A 71-year-old woman had intractable skin ulcers on her head after neurosurgeries. Computed tomography angiography findings showed that the superficial temporal artery was obstructed and that the zygomatico-orbital artery ran forward and upward. She underwent scalp reconstruction using a free anterior lateral thigh flap. The zygomatico-orbital artery was dissected distally, cut, and turned over cranially. The diameter of the zygomatico-orbital artery was 1.2 mm. The blood flow through the zygomatico-orbital artery was sufficient. The thinned scalp area was excised, and some of the titanium devices and infectious tissues were removed. An anterior lateral thigh flap measuring 20 × 9 cm was harvested and transferred to the defect in the head. The discrepancy in calibers was within double, and the zygomatico-orbital artery fit the descending branch of the lateral circumflex femoral artery. The flap was transferred successfully.The zygomatico-orbital artery is one of the branches from the external carotid artery and supports the suprazygomatic territory. The zygomatico-orbital artery is present in 78% to 92% of people and originates from the superficial temporal artery and sometimes from the frontal branch of superficial temporal artery. The mean diameter of the zygomatico-orbital artery at origin is reported to be 1.20 mm. The zygomatico-orbital artery is another option as a recipient vessel in head and neck reconstruction.
Takuya Higashino; Naoya Sawamoto; Rintaro Hirai; Masaki Arikawa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of craniofacial surgery     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1536-3732     ISO Abbreviation:  J Craniofac Surg     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9010410     Medline TA:  J Craniofac Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e385-7     Citation Subset:  D    
From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Asahi General Hospital, Chiba, Japan.
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