Vulva reconstruction after pelvic exenteration, using a unique combination of two flaps.

Abstract

A 64-year-old woman with recurrence of carcinoma of the vulva in an irradiated area received an en-bloc total pelvic exenteration. Reconstruction of the pelvic defect was performed with an anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap and a rectus abdominis muscle (RAM) flap (PM/RAM). This combination of flaps is unique, with excellent results. In a large defect, often irradiated in advance, well-vascularised tissue should be placed. Multiple flaps can be used to reconstruct these large pelvic defects, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The combination of flaps used in this case uses the good properties of both flaps: the reliable and well-vascularised PM/RAM in combination with the ALT flap to provide much bulk in extreme large defects.

DOI: 10.1136/bcr.01.2011.3717

Cite this paper

@article{Bommel2011VulvaRA, title={Vulva reconstruction after pelvic exenteration, using a unique combination of two flaps.}, author={Annelotte C M van Bommel and Henk W. R. Schreuder and Pascal P.A. Schellekens}, journal={BMJ case reports}, year={2011}, volume={2011} }