The contralateral pectoralis muscle flap: a valuable alternative to cover chest wall tissue defects

The contralateral pectoralis muscle flap: a valuable alternative to cover chest wall tissue defects The blood supply of the pectoralis major muscle is provided by the thoracoacromial artery and by segmental branches of the lateral thoracic artery and the internal thoracic artery. To close defects in the area of head, neck or chest, pectoralis flaps are commonly used pedicled on their major vessel. As the segmental medial vessels are capable of supplying the entire muscle, the pectoralis flap can be detached from its clavicular and acromial origin. Its main vessel is ligated and the flap can be transposed to the opposite side of the thorax to close tissue defects due to breast cancer, radiodermatitis and infectious or traumatic loss of tissue. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

The contralateral pectoralis muscle flap: a valuable alternative to cover chest wall tissue defects

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-006-0042-5
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Abstract

The blood supply of the pectoralis major muscle is provided by the thoracoacromial artery and by segmental branches of the lateral thoracic artery and the internal thoracic artery. To close defects in the area of head, neck or chest, pectoralis flaps are commonly used pedicled on their major vessel. As the segmental medial vessels are capable of supplying the entire muscle, the pectoralis flap can be detached from its clavicular and acromial origin. Its main vessel is ligated and the flap can be transposed to the opposite side of the thorax to close tissue defects due to breast cancer, radiodermatitis and infectious or traumatic loss of tissue.

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European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Aug 1, 2006

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