Background: Multicomponent defects of the head and neck involving the cervical skin pose a reconstructive challenge for microsurgeons and usually requires two flaps. However, many patients who undergo such surgical treatment had prior treatment with radiotherapy and the availability of recipient vessels for free flap reconstruction may be limited. The purpose of this study was to review our experience in the reconstruction of these extensive head and neck defects using a single ALT free flap. Methods: A total of 21 patients with complex defects of the head and neck involving multiple anatomical subunits, including the overlying cervical skin, underwent reconstruction with a single ALT flap. The clinical, functional, and aesthetic outcomes of these patients were reviewed. Results: The mean hospital stay was 24 days. There was one total flap loss due to pedicle thrombosis. The patient underwent a further ALT reconstruction with no postoperative complications. Cervical fistulas occurred in three patients, and all fistulas were healed by simple wound packing. Three patients with tracheal defect had a functional tracheostoma with adequate stomal patency. A modified barium swallowing study was performed on each patient, and all of them achieved total oral intake. Among them, two patients tolerated only a pureed diet. Conclusions: Complex neck reconstruction can be accomplished with a single ALT flap with good clinical and functional results, minimal morbidity and quick recovery.

Single stage reconstruction of complex head and neck defects involving the skin with a single ALT flap: A ten year review / Caliceti U.; Sgarzani R.; Cipriani R.; Cantore S.; Contedini F.; Pinto V.; Gelati C.; Piccin O.. - In: JPRAS OPEN. - ISSN 2352-5878. - STAMPA. - 22:(2019), pp. 55-64. [10.1016/j.jpra.2019.09.003]

Single stage reconstruction of complex head and neck defects involving the skin with a single ALT flap: A ten year review

Caliceti U.
Primo
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Sgarzani R.
Secondo
Writing – Review & Editing
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Cipriani R.;Cantore S.;Pinto V.;Gelati C.;Piccin O.
Ultimo
2019

Abstract

Background: Multicomponent defects of the head and neck involving the cervical skin pose a reconstructive challenge for microsurgeons and usually requires two flaps. However, many patients who undergo such surgical treatment had prior treatment with radiotherapy and the availability of recipient vessels for free flap reconstruction may be limited. The purpose of this study was to review our experience in the reconstruction of these extensive head and neck defects using a single ALT free flap. Methods: A total of 21 patients with complex defects of the head and neck involving multiple anatomical subunits, including the overlying cervical skin, underwent reconstruction with a single ALT flap. The clinical, functional, and aesthetic outcomes of these patients were reviewed. Results: The mean hospital stay was 24 days. There was one total flap loss due to pedicle thrombosis. The patient underwent a further ALT reconstruction with no postoperative complications. Cervical fistulas occurred in three patients, and all fistulas were healed by simple wound packing. Three patients with tracheal defect had a functional tracheostoma with adequate stomal patency. A modified barium swallowing study was performed on each patient, and all of them achieved total oral intake. Among them, two patients tolerated only a pureed diet. Conclusions: Complex neck reconstruction can be accomplished with a single ALT flap with good clinical and functional results, minimal morbidity and quick recovery.
2019
Single stage reconstruction of complex head and neck defects involving the skin with a single ALT flap: A ten year review / Caliceti U.; Sgarzani R.; Cipriani R.; Cantore S.; Contedini F.; Pinto V.; Gelati C.; Piccin O.. - In: JPRAS OPEN. - ISSN 2352-5878. - STAMPA. - 22:(2019), pp. 55-64. [10.1016/j.jpra.2019.09.003]
Caliceti U.; Sgarzani R.; Cipriani R.; Cantore S.; Contedini F.; Pinto V.; Gelati C.; Piccin O.
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