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Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 2008 Dec;53(6):468-72. doi: 10.1016/j.anplas.2007.11.005. Epub 2008 Mar 24.

[Head and neck reconstruction with antebrachial flap concerning 100 patients].

[Article in French]

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Service de chirurgie maxillofaciale, CHU Pellegrin, CHU de Bordeaux, place Amélie-Raba-Léon, 33076 Bordeaux cedex, France.


We studied the files of head and neck reconstruction with antebrachial flap used in 100 patients between May 1996 and March 2007 in the department of Maxillofacial Surgery of the CHU of Bordeaux. Flap harvesting and vascular anastomosis were performed by the same operator. Antebrachial flap was used to cover the defect after resection of head and neck cancer in 89 patients and after shotgun injuries of the face in 11 patients. This flap, by its smoothness and its plasticity, makes it possible to rebuild all the oral cavity localizations, even the most complex, by covering the defects without blocking deglutition and enunciation. It brings to the patient a better quality of life by decreasing the functional after-effects that can be seen with the traditional myocutaneous flaps. This flap is highly reliable, not requiring specific care after the operation as other micro-surgeries, which simplifies the postoperative quality of life of the aged and debilitated patients.

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