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

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

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: August 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - p 235–241
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e328347f87a
Head and neck reconstruction: Edited by Danny J. Enepekides

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.

aUniversity of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Canada

bUniversity of Lausanne, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland

Correspondence to Yves Jaquet, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3N5, CanadaTel: +1 647 994 8650; fax: +1 416 480 5761; e-mail:

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