Maxillofacial osseous reconstruction using the angular branch of the thoracodorsal vessels.
AffiliationDepartment of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, BG-Trauma-Center, Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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CitationMaxillofacial osseous reconstruction using the angular branch of the thoracodorsal vessels. 2010, 26 (7):449-54 J Reconstr Microsurg
JournalJournal of reconstructive microsurgery
AbstractMandibular and maxillary resections can produce complex three-dimensional defects requiring skeletal, soft tissue, and epithelial reconstruction. The subscapular vascular axis offers a source of skin, bone, and muscle on a single pedicle for microvascular flap transfer. We reviewed four cases where the subscapular vascular pedicle was used as a source of tissue for complex facial reconstructions in maxillofacial defects. Reconstruction of these complex defects was performed with a latissimus dorsi muscle or myocutaneous flap in combination with the lateral border of the scapula, harvested on the angular branch of the thoracodorsal vessels. There were three cases of maxillectomy and one case of partial mandibulectomy for malignant tumors. In each case, the angular branch of the thoracodorsal artery supplied 6 to 8 cm of the lateral border of the scapula and a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap was used for soft tissue reconstruction. Follow-up ranged from 9 months to 3 years and in all cases there was successful bony union. Shoulder movement was normal. This series encourages the further use of subscapular axis flaps as flexible sources of combined myocutaneous and osseous flaps on a single vascular pedicle in cases of complex maxillofacial reconstruction.
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