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Reconstruction of late esophagus perforation after anterior cervical spine fusion with an adipofascial anterolateral thigh free flap: A case report.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
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2017 (English)In: Microsurgery, ISSN 0738-1085, E-ISSN 1098-2752, Vol. 37, no 6, 684-688 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Reconstruction of late esophageal perforation usually requires flap surgery to achieve wound healing. However, restoring the continuity between the digestive tract and retropharyngeal space to allow for normal swallowing remains a technical challenge. In this report, we describe the use of a thin and pliable free adipofascial anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap in a 47-year-old tetraplegic man with a history of C5-C6 fracture presented with a large posterior esophagus wall perforation allowing an easier flap insetting for a successful wound closure. The postoperative course was uneventful and mucosalization of the flap was confirmed by esophagoscopy 4 weeks postsurgery. The patient tolerated normal diet and maintained normal swallowing during a follow-up of 3 years postoperatively. The adipofascial ALT flap may provide easier insetting due to the thin and pliable layer of adipofascial tissue for reconstructing large defects of the posterior wall of the esophagus by filling the retroesophageal space.

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2017. Vol. 37, no 6, 684-688 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335300DOI: 10.1002/micr.30170PubMedID: 28397296OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335300DiVA: diva2:1162217
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-04

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