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A Reliable and Aesthetic Technique for Cephalic Vein Harvest in DIEP Flap Surgery
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
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2009 (English)In: Journal of reconstructive microsurgery, ISSN 0743-684X, Vol. 25, no 5, 319-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The need for a secondary source of venous drainage in deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flaps is common, with the cephalic vein Commonly utilized as an alternative venous recipient vessel. In using the cephalic vein, previous studies have described the deltopectoral groove or the infraclavicular fossa as the site for harvest. We describe the use of an anterior axillary skin crease, which can improve aesthetic outcome, reduce the time needed for harvest, enable a greater length of vein to be transposed, and minimize surgical insult to the upper breast/chest wall. An anterior axillary-line skin fold can be used as the site for cephalic vein harvest, and using the methodology described, the technique can be fast and highly reliable and result in a final scar that is barely visible.

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2009. Vol. 25, no 5, 319-321 p.
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Breast reconstruction, DIEP flap, cephalic vein, deep inferior epigastric artery, secondary vein, venous drainage, perforator flap
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-148323DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1215524ISI: 000266676600006PubMedID: 19399719OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-148323DiVA: diva2:402112
Available from: 2011-03-07 Created: 2011-03-04 Last updated: 2011-03-07Bibliographically approved

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