Mucosal prelamination of a radial forearm flap for intraoral reconstruction

Mucosal prelamination of a radial forearm flap for intraoral reconstruction Until now the microvascular fasciocutaneous radial forearm flap has been one of several methods favoured for reconstruction of intraoral soft tissue defects after radical resection of squamous cell carcinoma. Mucosal reconstruction and lining has been performed by a skin island, this is epidermis and cannot produce mucus. In order to provide mucosal properties and allow mucus production, a distal radial forarm flap has been successfully prelaminated with buccal mucosa in five patients. By this method thin, pliable and resistant flaps have been produced. Due to mucosal spreading, the mucosa lined area was 30–50% larger than the originally inserted mucosal grafts. Preservation of skin and subcutaneous tisssue lowered donor site morbidity. This technique has also been performed in axial pattern flaps; two osteofasciomucosal fibulae and three myomucosal pectoralis major flaps. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Mucosal prelamination of a radial forearm flap for intraoral reconstruction

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s002380050061
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Abstract

Until now the microvascular fasciocutaneous radial forearm flap has been one of several methods favoured for reconstruction of intraoral soft tissue defects after radical resection of squamous cell carcinoma. Mucosal reconstruction and lining has been performed by a skin island, this is epidermis and cannot produce mucus. In order to provide mucosal properties and allow mucus production, a distal radial forarm flap has been successfully prelaminated with buccal mucosa in five patients. By this method thin, pliable and resistant flaps have been produced. Due to mucosal spreading, the mucosa lined area was 30–50% larger than the originally inserted mucosal grafts. Preservation of skin and subcutaneous tisssue lowered donor site morbidity. This technique has also been performed in axial pattern flaps; two osteofasciomucosal fibulae and three myomucosal pectoralis major flaps.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: May 8, 1998

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