Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:51 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0471-3 LETTER T O THE EDIT OR Ragip Özdemir Published online: 31 January 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 Dear Sir, of the first article  states that a Fricke flap had been performed, and that in Fig. 7 of the second article  de- I am writing about two papers we recently published in scribes a superficial temporal artery island flap. It can be this  and another journal . Although these two pa- easily seen in the figures that a Fricke flap had indeed pers are completely unrelated and unique studies, a com- been performed, and as a result the right eyebrow had mon postoperative photograph was published in both of become asymmetrical. This flap had failed because of the articles. The patient had undergone two different op- venous insufficiency, and a superfiical temporal artery erations. The first operation was a full-face chemical island flap was performed for lower lid reconstruction. peeling combined with dermabrasion and lower lid re- During the proofreading process we failed to correct this construction with the Fricke flap. After the failure of the legend. This was realized only after the paper was pub- flap procedure due to venous congestion the lower lid lished, and we are extremely sorry. There was absolutely was reconstructed using a temporal island flap. These no intention to provide false information. two studies discuss different surgical procedures with unrelated aims and results. The same patient was deliber- ately included in both series because these two studies References are completely unrelated. Another point worth mention- 1. Akan IM, Özdemir R, Sungur N, Ulusoy MG, Ö. S ¸ ensöz (2001) ing is that the figure legend for the same patient in Fig. 1 Combined treatment of xeroderma pigmentosum with full-face chemical peeling and dermabrasion. Eur J Plast Surg 24:243– R. Özdemir ( ) 2. Özdemir R, Sungur N, S ¸ ensöz Ö, Uysal AC, Ulusoy MG, Ortak Alidede Sokak No: 6/28, Asagiayranci, 06540 Ankara, Turkey T, Baran CN (2002) Reconstruction of facial defect with super- e-mail: email@example.com ficial temporal artery island flaps: a donor site with various al- Tel.: +90-312-4677095, Fax: +90-312-4255633 ternatives. Plast Reconstr Surg 109:1528–1535
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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