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Rev Stomatol Chir Maxillofac. 2002 Dec;103(6):373-8.

[Anterolateral thigh free flap. Surgical technique].

[Article in French]

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Service de Chirurgie Plastique Reconstructrice et Esthétique, C.H.R.U. de Tours.


The anterolateral thigh free flap is a cutaneous or fasciocutaneous flap vascularised by one or several perforating arteries arising from the descending branch of the lateral circonflex femoral artery. Venous drainage occurs via the perforators or a similar route to the deep femoral system or the femoral vein. This flap is commonly used in Asia (China, Japan) where for certain teams, it replaces the classical radial forearm flap or the rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap for the reconstruction of head and neck defects after tumor ablation. We briefly describe the anatomy and vascularization of this flap and present the harvesting technique as well as the properties of the flap.

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