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J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg. 1998 Jul;25(5):912-920. Korean. Original Article.
Ha BJ , Kim HS .

Plastic surgeons have frequently encountered wide and long skin defects which require flap coverage. These include defects that occur after radical tumor resection of the head and neck region, release of severe bum scar contracture, and defects with exposure of the bone or tendons in upper and lower extremities. Lateral thigh fasciocutaneous flap, first introduced by Baek in 1983, has a long and wide skin territory. By using this flap, we performed 6 cases of burn scar contractures and 2 cases of head and neck cancer defects. In the flap elevation, it is not necessary to change the patient's position, therefore, the two-team approach shortens the operating time. The donor site can be closed primarily if the width of flap is not over 8 cm. The donor scar of the thigh is easily concealed. The lateral thigh flap can also be used as a composite or sensate flap. We conclude that, due to the lateral thigh flap being a thin and pliale fasciocutaneous flap which has a long and wide skin territory, it is very useful for reconstruction of large skin defects.

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