The use of combined radial forearm cutaneous and radial forearm fascial flaps in head and neck reconstruction: a case series.
ABSTRACT Introduction Reconstruction of complex head and neck cases involving bony and dural defects poses many issues. The primary aims of reconstruction are to provide a tight dural seal with good cranial support while also achieving a satisfactory cosmetic result.Aims This study describes the use of combined radial forearm cutaneous flap and radial forearm fascial flaps for reconstruction of complex skull defects where each component is used for a distinct reconstructive purpose. The benefits of this technique are illustrated in the cases of three patients requiring reconstruction following tumor resection.Methods The fascial component was used as a seal for dural defects. The cutaneous flap was then used to reconstruct the concomitant cutaneous defect.Conclusion The combined use of the fascial and cutaneous components of the radial forearm flap, where each is used for a distinct reconstructive purpose, increased the reconstructive versatility of this commonly used flap. The fascial flap was a thin, pliable, and highly vascularized piece of tissue that was effectively used to provide a watertight seal for the dural defect. The simultaneous use of the cutaneous flap gave support to the bony defect while providing a good cosmetic result.
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ABSTRACT: Variable reconstruction methods for craniofacial tumour resections have been devised with the primary purpose to improve quality of life and disease control. The reconstructive aims are to provide a watertight seal, cranial base support while allowing a cosmetically pleasing result. For defects involving the orbit, maintenance of the depth of the orbital socket remains important for prosthetic fitting and a bulky flap is not advisable for this purpose. This case demonstrates the use of a combination pericranial flap, radial forearm fascial flap and cutaneous radial forearm flap. We have been able to achieve a watertight seal of dura in multiple layers, provide adequate support to the cranial base while giving a non bulky reconstruction of the orbit.Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 07/2011; 64(7):e167-9. · 1.47 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Reconstruction of skull base defects following tumor resection is of paramount importance in avoiding serious and life-threatening complications. Cranial base surgery has evolved and outcomes have steadily improved as increasingly reliable reconstructive techniques have been adapted to repair the challenging wounds in this complex anatomic region. The most significant development has been the introduction and refinement of microvascular free tissue transfer to the skull base over the past 15 to 20 years. Free flaps can reliably provide the requisite tissue to not only seal the intracranial space from the subjacent cavities, but also to restore complex craniofacial defects that often result from skull base tumor excision. Advances in alloplast technology have also expanded the armamentarium available to the reconstructive surgeon. In particular, bone substitutes, titanium hardware, and resorbable plate fixation have been shown to be very efficacious when used in carefully selected situations. Finally, tissue sealants and adhesives have become widely used as an adjunctive method to achieve a water-tight dural repair.Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery 09/2003; 11(4):282-90. · 1.39 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This article describes a new surgical technique consisting of the combined use of a fascial radial fore arm free flap (RFFF) as vascular graft for extra-intracranial bypass and as dura mater plasty for reconstruction of the antero-lateral skull base. This new technique is illustrated by a case of a complex intracranial meningioma with extracranial extension necessitating resection of internal carotid artery. The technical issues of antero-lateral skull base reconstruction and extra-intracranial bypass are discussed and the literature is reviewed.Acta Neurochirurgica 05/2006; 148(4):427-34. · 1.79 Impact Factor