Secondary Logo

Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

Share this article on:

The Arterialized Facial Artery Musculo-Mucosal Island Flap for Post-Oncological Tongue Reconstruction

Moro, Alessandro, PhD*; Saponaro, Gianmarco, MD*; Doneddu, Piero, MD*; Cervelli, Daniele, MD*; Pelo, Sandro, PhD*; Gasparini, Giulio, MD*; Garagiola, Umberto, MD; D’Amato, Giuseppe, MD*; Todaro, Mattia, MD*

doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000004610
Original Articles

Background: In 1992, Pribaz described the facial artery musculomucosal flap (FAMM), an axial musculomucosal flap based on the facial artery. The FAMM flap, a modification of the nasolabial and buccal mucosal flaps, is widely used in the reconstruction of defects in the oral cavity. Many modifications of this flap have been described in the literature. Here we aimed to explore the use of an arterialized tunnelized FAMM island flap (a-FAMMIF) for the reconstruction tongue defects after tumor resection.

Method: From January 2015 to December 2016, five cases of tongue cancer were selected for the use of arterialized FAMMIF flap to reconstruct defects after tumor resection.

Results: Reconstruction was successful in all cases, except one case of total flap necrosis; partial necrosis of the flap occurred in two patients, which were solved with medications.

Conclusion: The authors consider the a-FAMMIF an unreliable flap in the reconstruction of tongue defects.

The authors recommend avoiding tunneling and island modification when the vein is not included in the pedicle.

*Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital ‘A. Gemelli,’ Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome

Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Oral Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Mattia Todaro, MD, Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital ‘A. Gemelli,’ Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy; E-mail: mattia.todaro@gmail.com

Received 2 January, 2018

Accepted 11 March, 2018

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.