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J Korean Assoc Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 May;23(3):212-216. Korean. Original Article.
Kim JR , Kang YK , Seo JC , Sung IY .
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, Pusan National University.
Abstract

The cervical flap, comprising skin, fascia, and platysma muscle, has significant application in the head and neck region after radical ablative surgery for cancer of the oral cavity. The flap may be used for reconstruction of the cheek, floor of the mouth, and lateral side of the tongue. This flap minimizes donor morbidity by use of cervical operation wound and flap size available is adequate for most oral defects and the procedure is relatively simple and time-saving. However the flap is not applicable in patients where there are large tissue defects and metastasis is suspected. We have used the cervical flap for its rapid, simple, and effective closure of oral defects after cancer ablation and found it is very useful for the reconstruction of relatively small oral defects.

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