Closure of complex defects in the chest wall with muscle flaps.

  title={Closure of complex defects in the chest wall with muscle flaps.},
  author={Milomir M Ninkovic and Thomas Schoeller and Th. -O. Schmid and Georg M. Salzer and Peter James Scougall and Gottfried Wechselberger and Hans Anderl},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery},
  volume={32 3},
Aggressive treatment of thoracic malignancy may be complicated by complex defects in the chest wall. These may be associated with serious complications such as chronic infection, respiratory or cardiac failure, or major haemorrhage. Closure of the defect and restoration of the integrity of the chest wall is important for both functional and cosmetic reasons. Local flaps are often used, but may be inadequate or unavailable. Reconstruction with free flaps is better in these cases, as this… CONTINUE READING

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