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Supraclavicular artery island flap for reconstructing defects in the head and neck region

Kim, Raymond J.T.; Izzard, Mark E.; Patel, Rajan S.

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: August 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - p 248–250
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e328347f811
Head and neck reconstruction: Edited by Danny J. Enepekides

Purpose of review The supraclavicular artery island flap is a rotation flap that offers a versatile reconstructive option for head and neck defects. Recent anatomical studies have improved our understanding of the vascular supply of the supraclavicular artery island flap. Furthermore, several published large series describe the utility and reliability of this flap. In this article, we review the scientific literature describing the vascular anatomy of the supraclavicular artery island flap, its clinical application, and limitations in reconstructing defects in the head and neck region.

Recent findings The vascular anatomy and surface markings, optimal flap design, surgical techniques employed to improve reliability, and aesthetic and functional outcomes of the supraclavicular artery island flap in head and neck reconstruction are well documented in the literature.

Summary The supraclavicular artery island flap offers a versatile and well tolerated option in reconstruction of head and neck defects with several advantages over more traditional regional flaps and distant-free flaps.

Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

Correspondence to Rajan Patel, MBChB, MD, FRCS (ORLHNS), FRACS (ORLHNS), Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand Tel: +64 21 244 9028; e-mail: drrajanspatel@gmail.com

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.