HEAD AND NECK RECONSTRUCTION: Edited by Arnaud F. BewleyThe lateral arm free flap for head and neck reconstructionAmin, Julian D.a; Amin, Nehab; Hatten, Kyle M.aAuthor Information aDepartment of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Maryland, School of Medicine bUniversity of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Correspondence to Kyle M. Hatten, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Maryland, School of Medicine 21201, Baltimore, MD, USA. Tel: +1 410 328 3197; e-mail: email@example.com Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: October 2020 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 365-369 doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000644 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The aim of this study was to review the recent literature on the utilization of the lateral arm free flap use in head and neck reconstruction. Recent findings The lateral arm free flap provides a reliable fasciocutaneous free tissue transfer option ideally suited for reconstruction of the oral cavity, pharynx and parotid. Primary donor site closure, compartmentalized fat and excellent colour match make it an excellent option for head and neck reconstruction. Donor site morbidity is low, and the primary limitation is the short and narrow vascular pedicle. Summary The lateral arm free flap should be considered in cases of oral cavity and skin reconstruction, particularly in cases wherein pedicle length is not restrictive. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.