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Rev Stomatol Chir Maxillofac. 2009 Jun;110(3):135-7. doi: 10.1016/j.stomax.2008.11.004. Epub 2009 Apr 28.

[276 cases of horizontal infrahyoid myocutaneous flap].

[Article in French]

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Service de chirurgie maxillofaciale, CHU de Bordeaux, France. anne-sophie.ricard@chu-bordeaux.fr

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The infrahyoid myocutaneous flap was described by Wang et al. in 1986. The horizontal design of the skin paddle is a modification of this technique allowing for a smaller scar. We have been systematically using this modified technique for 10 years. We had for aim to describe the interest of the horizontal infrahyoid myocutaneous flap for cervicofacial carcinology.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

A horizontal infrahyoid myocutaneous flap procedure was performed in 276 cervicofacial carcinology patients for lesions of the mouth floor, the mandibular gum, the oropharynx and the tongue between March 1997 and March 2007.

RESULTS:

No complications were observed in 252 patients. No patient presented with total flap necrosis.

DISCUSSION:

Modifying the infrahyoid myocutaneous flap technique with a horizontal design of the skin paddle does not modify the reliability of the flap and prevents more extensive scars. The main indications of this technique are defects of the mouth floor, the tongue and the oropharynx.

PMID:
19403148
DOI:
10.1016/j.stomax.2008.11.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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