Leech therapy in reconstructive maxillofacial surgery.

@article{Grbe2012LeechTI,
  title={Leech therapy in reconstructive maxillofacial surgery.},
  author={Alexander Gr{\"o}be and Andreas Michalsen and Henning Hanken and Rainer Schmelzle and Max Heiland and Marco Blessmann},
  journal={Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery : official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons},
  year={2012},
  volume={70 1},
  pages={221-7}
}
PURPOSE Corrective plastic surgery is indicated after accidents, burns, cancer surgery, or postoperative wound healing disorders with large tissue defects. The range of reconstructive techniques includes local skin flaps, pedicle grafts, and microvascular anastomosed flaps in the case of large defects. Main complications such as arterial and venous insufficiency caused by a vessel collapse or a vascular spasm are reported regularly in the area of anastomosed vessels and are the concern of any… CONTINUE READING

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