Functional reconstruction of complex lip and cheek defect with free composite anterolateral thigh flap and vascularized fascia.

@article{Kuo2008FunctionalRO,
  title={Functional reconstruction of complex lip and cheek defect with free composite anterolateral thigh flap and vascularized fascia.},
  author={Y R Kuo and S R Jeng and Fu-chan Wei and C. -Y. Su and C Y Chien},
  journal={Head & neck},
  year={2008},
  volume={30 8},
  pages={1001-6}
}
BACKGROUND Extensive composite defects involving the lip and cheek present difficult reconstructive challenges. This study presents a technique using anterolateral thigh (ALT) flaps with vascularized fascia for large complex oral sphincter defect reconstruction. METHODS Fifteen patients who had undergone oral cancer ablation were enrolled in the study. The average area of intraoral lining and cheek-lip skin defects was 96.9 cm(2). Upper-lip defects ranged 0% to 60%, and lower-lip defects… CONTINUE READING

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