Arch Craniofac Surg.  2019 Dec;20(6):416-420. 10.7181/acfs.2019.00458.

Unplanned change from double free flap to a chimeric anterolateral thigh flap in recurrent laryngeal cancer

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea. mdki67@naver.com
  • 2Department of Plastic Surgery, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea.

Abstract

Reconstruction method choice in recurrent head and neck cancer depends on surgical history, radiation therapy dosage, conditions of recipient vessels, and general patient condition. Furthermore, when defects are multiple or three dimensional in nature, reconstruction and flap choice aimed at rebuilding the functional structure of the head and neck are difficult. We experienced successful reconstruction of recurrent laryngeal cancer requiring reconstruction of esophageal and tracheostomy stroma defects using a chimeric two-skin anterolateral thigh flap with a single pedicle.

Keyword

Esophagus; Free flaps; Reconstruction; Recurrent
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