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Skull base surgery. 1995 April; 5(2): 117–121.
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Reconstruction of Scalp and Cranium Defect Utilizing Latissimus Dorsi Musculocutaneous and Serratus Anterior Muscle Free Flaps with Interpositional Anastomosis of T-Shaped Flap Artery

Case Report

Abstract

The use of a combination musculocutaneous free flap, consisting of a latissimus dorsi flap and a serratus anterior flap, for reconstruction of a large scalp and cranium defect is described. The recipient artery, the superficial temporal artery (STA), was anastomosed to the flap artery, without sacrificing blood flow, by means of a special technique: forming the end of the flap artery into a T shape and interposing it between the two stumps of the transected STA, because the STA was crucial for tissue adjacent to the defect. The flap vein was anastomosed to the external jugular vein with a vein graft. The extensive defect was immediately closed with sutures, and there were no remarkable complications.

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