Analysis of thrombosis on postoperative day 5 or later after microvascular reconstruction for head and neck cancers.

BACKGROUND Because of the low incidence of late thrombosis in free flaps used for head and neck reconstruction, the risk factors, prognosis, and the optimal method of treatment are unclear. METHODS The timing of thrombosis, types of flaps, occluded vessels, causative factors, previous irradiation, and salvage rates were reviewed and compared between 79… CONTINUE READING