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Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Feb;129(2):438-41. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31823aebce.

Oropharyngeal reconstruction using the supraclavicular artery island flap: a new flap alternative.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.

Abstract

Oropharyngeal reconstruction following head and neck oncologic resection has utilized local, regional, and free tissue transfer flap options. The modality utilized is often guided by the type of defect created as well as the surgeon's preference. In this article, the authors introduce the application of the supraclavicular artery island flap as a reconstructive modality following oropharyngeal oncologic ablation. Five patients underwent head and neck oncologic resection for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma followed by single-stage reconstruction with an ipsilateral supraclavicular artery island flap. There were no flap failures and only one postoperative complication consisting of a postoperative oral-cutaneous fistula that resolved without surgical intervention. There were no donor-site complications. The supraclavicular artery island flap is a viable alternative for oropharyngeal reconstruction following head and neck oncologic resection. It is a regional flap that can be harvested without microsurgical expertise and yields reliable postoperative results.

CLINICAL QUESTION/LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

Therapeutic, IV.

PMID:
22286426
DOI:
10.1097/PRS.0b013e31823aebce
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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