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Prelaminated Free Flap Reconstruction of Complex Central Facial Defects.

Pribaz, Julian J. M.D.; Weiss, Denton D. M.D.; Mulliken, John B. M.D.; Eriksson, Elof M.D., Ph.D.

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: This article is a review of five patients who underwent reconstruction of nasal and paranasal facial defects with prelaminated forearm free flaps. The defects resulted from thermal injury, gunshot wound, excision of tumor, and arteriovenous malformation (n = 2). The forearm flaps were based on the radial artery (n = 4) and ulnar artery (n = 1) and were prelaminated with grafts of skin and cartilage. All flaps were successfully transferred to the face, but revisions were needed to separate the subunits and improve appearance. A prelaminated free flap should be considered for a patient requiring reconstruction of a complex central facial defect. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 104: 357, 1999.)

(C)1999American Society of Plastic Surgeons


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