The pear-shaped modification of the lower trapezius flap

The pear-shaped modification of the lower trapezius flap A series of six patients is presented to demonstrate the pear-shaped modification of the lower trapezius musculocutaneous pedicled island flap. Five patients underwent reconstruction of defects following extended temporal bone and skull base resection, and one following excision of a radionecrotic ulcer over the scapular spine. All flaps survived completely; there was one minor complication of a donor site seroma. This flap is useful for reconstruction up to the level of the ear and has an excellent arc of rotation. The advantages of the pear-shaped modification are a decrease in the skin tension at the point of closure over the vascular pedicle, and an increase in the contact area between the skin paddle and underlying muscle. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

The pear-shaped modification of the lower trapezius flap

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s002380050228
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