The free radial forearm flap with and without bone for closure of large palatal fistulae

A. M. MacLeod, W. A. Morrison, J. J. McCann, S. Thistlethwaite, C. A. VanderKolk, A. D. Ryan

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Abstract

Three cases of palatal fistulae closed by microvascular transfer of radial forearm flaps are presented. Vascularised bone was included in one flap and all operations were free of complications. Facial scarring is minimal and the secondary deformity in the arm has not been significant. It is suggested that this procedure presents fewer difficulties than other techniques for treating the large palatal fistula and may prevent the collapse of the alveolar arch which follows the scarring associated with closure by local tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Plastic Surgery
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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