External synovial fistula of the knee joint is a rare entity. A case is reported in which the fistula presented 12 years after the original injury. The nature of injury and previous surgery precluded the use of a local flap. Treatment was successful using a free fasciocutaneous flap. Exposure of vital structures and metal work are the common indications for flap cover in the lower extremity. However synovial fistula is another instance where flap cover may be required. This case report emphasises the possibility of delayed presentation of a synovial fistula and the need for prompt closure, since it can be a path for retrograde infection
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: May 17, 1999
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