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Journal of the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand 2005;14(2):144-151.
Published online October 31, 2005.
Free Vascularized Scapular and Parascapular Combined Flap Coverage for Extensive Soft Tissue Injury of the Extremity
Soo-Joong Choi, M.D., Kee-Young Chang, M.D., Chang Ju Lee, M.D.
견갑 및 부견갑 병합 유리피판에 의한 광범위한 사지 연부 조직 결손의 수복
Purpose: Disaster as traffic accident, industrial disaster, high voltage electrical burn and flame burn of extremity have a destructive effect because of the involvement of deep structure. Generally, such injury may result in decreased function or loss of limb. In this study the successful use of the combined scapular/parascapular flap as microsurgical transfer to cover extensive defect of electrical and flame burn is reported.
Material and Method: Between January 2000 and June 2001, the combined scapular and parascapular flap was used for the coverage of soft tissue defect for 7 patients were admitted to our department with high voltage electrical burn and flame burn. The recipient site were the wrist joint in 2 cases, the forearm in 1 case, the ankle joint in 1 case, the foot dorsum in 1 case, the heel in 1 case.
Result: Flap survival was complete in all patients. The result of flap coverage for these deep wound was successful.
Conclusion: The advantages of scapular/parascapular combined flap were coverage of the large defect, easy shaping of the flap to fit the required three dimensional configuration around the joint, non hair bearing skin of uniform thickness, minimal donor site morbidity.
Key Words: Free vascularized scapular flap, Free vascularized parascapular flap, Combined flap
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