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Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 2005 Feb;50(1):62-70.

[Anterolateral thigh flap. Retrospective study].

[Article in French]

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Service de chirurgie plastique reconstructrice et esthétique, centre hospitalier universitaire de Tours, 37044 Tours cedex 1, France.


The anterolateral thigh flap is a cutaneous or fasciocutaneous perforator flap, extensively used in China, Japan, Taiwan (Demirkan et al., 2000; Kimata et al., 1997; Koshima et al., 1993; Luo et al., 1999) but infrequently in Europe, probably because of variations in origin and course of the cutaneous perforators rending its use apparently less reliable. This study is about 13 anterolateral thigh flaps performed between November 1, 1998, and December 30, 2002, on 13 patients, four women, nine men. Among these 13 flaps, 11 were free flaps, two were pedicled flaps. The surgical procedure was decided because of loss of soft tissue localised in: floor of the mouth (2 flaps), limb (9 flaps), inguinal-illiac region (2 flaps). The mean age of patients was 47.7 years (ext. 23 years and 69 years). The quality of the result was evaluated by the surgeon as good or very good, fair or bad. The function of the donor site was evaluated by questionnaire of the patient and physical examination of knee extension. Three free flaps were re-explored because of venous thrombosis, one of them necrosed. No functional impairment was found. The result was evaluated by the surgeon as good or very good in 11 cases, fair for one case, "bad" in the case were the flap was lost. The results of the reconstructive procedure using the anterolateral thigh flap are satisfying. This flap is reliable if the surgical technique is strictly applied.

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