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Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e328347f87a
Head and neck reconstruction: Edited by Danny J. Enepekides

The temporoparietal fascia flap: a versatile tool in head and neck reconstruction

Jaquet, Yvesa,b; Higgins, Kevin M.a; Enepekides, Danny J.a

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Abstract

Purpose of review: The article reviews recent significant advances and current applications of the temporoparietal fascia flap (TPFF) in head and neck surgery.

Recent findings: The recent literature describes a wide span of new applications of the TPFF in many areas. Significant developments and refinements in the reconstruction of orbitomaxillary composite defects and orbital exenteration cavities are reported. The TPFF combined with alloplastic framework is gaining in importance in external ear reconstruction. Innovative prefabricated skin or soft-tissue grafts based on the TPFF are used to restore facial contour or in the reconstruction of complex facial defects. The free TPFF finds a role in laryngotracheal reconstruction as a vascular carrier to support cartilage grafts.

Summary: Owing to its reliability and unequalled structural properties, the TPFF still plays a central role in facial reconstruction. Future investigation will likely incorporate the free TPFF as a vascular carrier of bioengineered tissues, such as cartilage and mucosa, for various head and neck indications.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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