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Use of a skin perforator flap pedicled by the intercostal muscle for reconstruction of a posterior cervical defect

Abstract : A posterior cervical defect featuring exposed spinal and occipital bone can be covered in various ways. The “ideal” flap should be a low-morbidity, pedicled locoregional flap that can reach the occiput. Cervical adjuvant radiation therapy may limit the coverage options, because many pedicles are located in areas that are often irradiated. Here, we describe a new surgical technique; we used a skin perforator flap pedicled by the intercostal muscle to cover a posterior cervical defect in a patient with metastatic squamous cell lung carcinoma. This technique is a valuable option; the flap originated from outside the irradiated area and reached the occiput. It adds to the options for cervical coverage in patients who require head-and-neck reconstruction. Evidence-Based Medicine Level V: opinions of respected authorities, based on clinical experience, descriptive studies, or reports of expert committees.
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B Menardais, P J Le Reste, J Duisit, E Watier, F M Leclère, et al.. Use of a skin perforator flap pedicled by the intercostal muscle for reconstruction of a posterior cervical defect. Annales de Chirurgie Plastique Esthétique, Elsevier Masson, 2020, ⟨10.1016/j.anplas.2020.01.004⟩. ⟨hal-02569414⟩

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