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Ann Plast Surg. 1987 Dec;19(6):485-98.

The radial forearm flap: a versatile source of composite tissue.

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Department of Surgery, Stanford University, CA.


The radiovolar area of the forearm constitutes a versatile source of composite tissues for pedicle flap reconstruction of the hand and free-flap reconstruction for many areas of the body. The skin is thin and relatively hairless, and the vascular pedicle is long and of large caliber. The flap can be harvested to contain vascularized tendons and bone. The skin can be reliably reinnervated. The principal disadvantage, that this is a conspicuous donor site, has not been a source of concern for our patients. Nineteen of the 20 (95%) free flaps survived completely.

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