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Chirurgie 26. April 2016

Facial reconstruction with a unique osteomyocutaneous DCIA perforator flap variant: a case report

Background: Anatomical variance of the deep circumflex iliac artery is of high clinical value in facial reconstruction using a deep circumflex iliac artery perforator (DCIAP) flap.

Methods: We present the case of a 76-year-old woman treated with an osteomyocutaneous DCIAP flap variant for facial reconstruction. We also review here the literature on DCIA perforator flaps and the different anatomical variances, which might bring clinical benefits.

Results: The observed anatomy in our patient offered the possibility to raise a free flap variant with high mobility of a large skin paddle and a long vascular pedicle combined with a variable osteomuscular portion.

Conclusion: The characteristics of the flap thus raised help overcome the disadvantages of the conventional DCIAP flap and offer excellent options for facial reconstruction.

Prof. G. Wechselberger, K. Schwaiger, J. Hachleitner, G. Oberascher, F. Ensat, L. Larcher, European Surgery 2/2016

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