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Elongated Dorsal Nasal Flap to Reconstruct Large Defects of the Nose

Redondo, Pedro MD, PhD; Bernad, Isabel MD; Moreno, Ester MD; Ivars, Marta MD*

doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001149
Original Article

BACKGROUND The typical reconstructive option for closing large-sized defects of the distal half of the nose is the paramedian forehead flap. Other alternatives are a melolabial interpolation flap and bilobed or trilobed flaps. The dorsal nasal (Rieger) flap is suitable for closing small-sized defects at this location, especially when they are medially located.

OBJECTIVE The authors describe a modified dorsal nasal flap reconstruction for large nasal defects. The novelty of this study lies in lengthening the leading edge of flap rotation, which may provide tissue either from the adjacent nasal skin, the nasofacial groove, or the cheek.

MATERIALS AND METHODS The authors performed a retrospective chart review of all patients with large defects (>20 mm) of the nose who underwent modified dorsal nasal flap repair between January 2004 and March 2015 at a single academic center.

RESULTS Twenty-seven patients (16 male, 11 female; ages 44–88, mean age 62 years) had defects (the smallest 15 × 21 mm, and the largest 32 × 37 mm) on the lower portion of the nasal pyramid. Follow-up ranged from 12 months to 11 years with good or excellent results in all cases.

CONCLUSION Elongated dorsal nasal flap is a reproducible one-stage flap for large defects of the nose, with minimal risk of aesthetic or functional complications.

*All authors are affiliated with the Department of Dermatology, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Pedro Redondo, MD, PhD, Department of Dermatology, University Clinic of Navarra, 31008 Pamplona, Spain, or e-mail:

The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.

© 2017 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
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