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J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg. 1998 Jul;25(5):866-873. Korean. Original Article.
Lee HB , Kim KT , Kim SW , Kim JB , Chung YK , Bong JP .
Abstract

A number of methods have been introduced for support the orbital floor following a maxillectomy without orbital exenteration or severe facial trauma. These methods including skin graft and muscular sling provided the unsatisfactory results, like as diplopia, orbital ptosis, enophthalmos and severe facial deformity. Therefore the bone and soft tissue reconstructions using microvascular free flaps were performed recently by many surgeons, but long time operation, donor site morbidity, postoperative large scar, and ptosis of the flap were pointed out as disadvantages of free flap reconstruction. Vascularized calvarial bone flap, a modified method of free calvarial bone graft, was adequate for reconstruction of the orbital floor and the infraorbital rim as a horizontal buttress, especially in case of poor vascular bed and postradiated state. The authors introduced the vascularized calvarial bone flap for the orbital floor and the infraorbital rim reconstruction in 3 cases of maxillectomy, and could be obtained satisfactory results aesthetically and functionally.

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