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J Korean Assoc Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 May;29(3):227-232. Korean. Case Report.
Oh JH .
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Korea, omsojh@khu.ac.kr
Abstract

The radial forearm fasciocutaneous flap(RFFF) is a well-known flap for the reconstruction of oral and maxillofacial defects. It was first described by Yang et al. in 1981 and Soutar et al. developed it for the reconstruction of intraoral defect. RFFF provides a reliable, thin, and pliable soft tissue/skin paddle that is amenable to sensate reconstruction. It also has a long vascular pedicle that can be anastomosed to any vessel in either the ipsilateral or contralateral neck. However, split thickness skin graft(STSG) is most commonly used to cover the donor site, and a variety of donor site complications have been reported, including delayed healing, swelling of the hand, persistent wrist stiffness, reduced hand strength, and partial loss of the graft with exposure of the forearm flexor tendon. Various methods for donor site repair in addition to STSG have been developed and practiced to minimize both functional and esthetic morbidity, such as direct closure, V-Y closure, full thickness skin graft, tissue expansion, acellular dermal graft. We got a good result of using artificial dermis(Terudermis(R)) and secondary STSG for the repair of RFFF donor site defect esthetically and report with a review of literature.

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