How long are fasciocutaneous flaps dependant on their vascular pedicle: A unique case of SIEA flap survival
2010 (English)In: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, ISSN 1748-6815, Vol. 63, no 4, E347-E350 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: While it has long been held that muscle flaps maintain their dependency on their vascular pedicle for the long term, fasciocutaneous flaps have been less well investigated. Recent studies of the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap have suggested that these flaps may maintain long term dependence on their vascular pedicles for survival. There is no literature concerning these effects in the superficial inferior epigastric artery (SIEA) flap. Case report: We describe a unique case in which the pedicle of a superficial inferior epigastric artery (SIEA) flap for breast reconstruction was avulsed 11 days postoperatively, with the flap surviving on its inferior wound edge alone. Conclusion: Fasciocutaneous flaps may lose dependency on their vascular pedicles in the short term following transfer, developing alternative pathways for vascular supply and ultimately survival. A conservative approach early in the course of flap compromise due to perforator ligation or avulsion, in cases where immediate re-anastomosis may not be feasible, is thus supported.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 63, no 4, E347-E350 p.
Breast reconstruction, Perforator flap, DIEP flap, Vascular pedicle, Dominant, Blood supply
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147442DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2009.03.009ISI: 000275814800026PubMedID: 19446514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147442DiVA: diva2:400391