The indication for microvascular free tissue transfer is usually exposure of vital structures, bone defect, or loss of function. Radical debridement and control of infection is a prerequisite for any kind of reconstructive procedure. This is especially true for untidy wounds in industrial or agricultural settings; in these, one should not hesitate to debride any tissue which is not obviously viable. Aggressive surgical debridement should be performed before flap coverage. Some organisms, however, fail to be eradicated by mechanical debridement as they are particularly pathogenic or embedded in the tissues. Perforator flaps are currently recommended for soft tissue coverage of the upper limb, for their pliability and the low morbidity of the donor site. A case of traumatic deglovement injury of an upper arm is presented. After free flap coverage, it was complicated by a rare and highly pathogenic fungal infection. Successful soft tissue reconstruction obtained with a chimeric free flap was compromised by an expanding fungal infection ultimately leading to limb amputation.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 1, 2008
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