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J Korean Cleft Palate-Craniofac Assoc. 2003 Oct;4(2):133-136. Korean. Original Article.
Lee WJ , Lee KC , Park BY .
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Institute for Human Tissue Restoration, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Romberg's disease manifests as progressive hemifacial atrophy of skin, soft tissue, and bone. Treatment involves three-dimensional reconstruction of all soft- tissue and skeletal disturbances. Soft-tissue reconstruction is directed at augmentation of deficient soft-tissue volume and there are many therapeutic modalities available, such as autologous tissue grafts and inorganic implants. The arrival of microsurgical techniques has improved the outlook for facial contour restoration. The tissues used for microsurgical tissue transfer include groin, scapular, and omentum. This article introduces our experience with the superior gluteal perforator-based flap for the restoration of facial contour defects in the patient of Romberg`s disease. Superior gluteal perforator flap has some advantages; It doesn`t need to transect or sacrifice of the gluteus maximus muscle, Flap elevation time is short, Blood flow of the perforator is reliable, There is no post-operative hindrance to walking in patient. The disadvantages of this perforator-based flaps are the anatomical variation in the location of perforators and the need for tedious dissection.

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