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Reconstruction of Wegener Granulomatosis Nose Deformity Using Fascia Lata Graft

Lasso, Jose M., MD, PhD*; La Cruz, Esther Deleyto, MD

doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000004807
Clinical Studies

Wegener granulomatosis (WG) is a necrotizing vasculitis that involves the upper respiratory tract, the lungs, and the kidneys. It also causes deformities of the nose in practically all patients, altering the cartilaginous and bony structure as well as the inner lining of the nose.

The surgical repair of these nasal distortions is a challenge mainly due to the impairment of wound healing and graft take that is caused both by the disease itself and by the prolonged immunosuppressant treatment.

Many different reconstruction plans have been developed, using costal or calvarial bone grafts, cartilage grafts and local skin and mucosa flaps. Results have been diverse.

The authors present the case of a 56-year-old patient who suffered from WG and consulted for nasal sequelae. She initially underwent several failed attempts at reconstruction; finally, the authors performed a nasal repair using a double strip of fascia lata as a dorsal graft, with no complications and a good aesthetic result.

Fascia lata graft is a new and good option for nasal reconstruction in patients with WG because it is easily obtainable, it can be set in place through closed rhinoplasty and it can achieve good vascularization with low risk of resorption or disease reactivation.

*Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hospital Gregorio Marañón, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Hospital Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Esther Deleyto La Cruz, MD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hospital Gregorio Marañón, Calle Doctor Esquerdo, 46, 28007 Madrid, Spain; E-mail:

Received 25 January, 2018

Accepted 3 June, 2018

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.