J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  1999 Sep;26(5):945-949.

Reconstruction of the Soft Tissue Defect Using Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator Skin Flap

Abstract

In the case of a soft tissue defect which requires thin & pliable tissues, the choice of donor site is limited due to flap bulkiness and donor site morbidity. To overcome these problems, a variety of perforator-based flaps such as paraspinous and parasacral perforator flap, deep inferior epigastric perforator flap, gluteal perforator flap, and thoracodorsal artery perforator flap have recently been introduced. We experienced 8 cases of soft tissue defects from December 1996 to March 1999 using the thoracodorsal artery perforator flap for reconstruction. We could elevate the cutaneous flap with preservation of the latissimus dorsi muscle flap only when it was based on one cutaneous perforator. Defatting procedure was possible for further thinning of skin flap. In one case, axillary defect after release of postburn scar contracture was repaired with island perforator flap and the other seven cases were repaired with free flap. The results were satisfactory. We believe the thoracodorsal artery perforator flap is useful for reconstruction of soft tissue defects which are large or under conditions requiring thin flap.


MeSH Terms

Arteries*
Cicatrix
Contracture
Free Tissue Flaps
Humans
Perforator Flap
Skin*
Superficial Back Muscles
Tissue Donors
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