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World J Surg Oncol. 2013 Jan 30;11:26. doi: 10.1186/1477-7819-11-26.

Clinical reliability of radial forearm free flap in repair of buccal defects.

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  • 1Department of Oromaxillofacial-Head and Neck Surgery, School of Stomatology, China Medical University, No, 117, Nanjing North Street, Heping District, 110002, Shenyang, Liaoning, People's Republic of China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The ideal method for buccal defects should provide good outcome of both function and appearance; our goal is to highlight the reliability of radial forearm flap in buccal reconstruction.

METHODS:

A retrospective study was conducted. From 2005 to 2012, 20 radial forearm flaps were used to repair the defects. We analyzed the superiority and reliability of the flap; in addition, we reviewed some related literature and made a comparison between radial forearm flap and platysma flap.

RESULTS:

All radial forearm flaps totally survived, but two flaps suffered venous obstruction, hematoma, respectively. Radial forearm flap preserved the original interincisal distance well. In our follow-up, all patients had sufficient mouth-opening width (mean: 4.3 cm).

CONCLUSION:

Radial forearm flap is a reliable method for buccal defect reconstruction.

PMID:
23363472
PMCID:
PMC3598887
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7819-11-26
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