The use of simultaneous free latissimus dorsi tissue transfers for reconstruction of bilateral upper extremities in a case of purpura fulminans

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Abstract

We report a case of extensive purpura fulminans destroying the soft tissue over the posterior aspect of both elbows. Simultaneous, bilateral free latissimus dorsi muscle transfers were used to close both wounds in a single procedure. The wounds resulting from severe purpura fulminans can be extensive and limb threatening. The simultaneous transfer of 2 free flaps can provide expeditious soft tissue repair while minimizing the risk of repeat anesthesia in these critically ill patients. We found that certain details concerning planning and performing the procedure fostered its successful outcome. Copyright (C) 2000 by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-564
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2000

Keywords

  • Elbow wounds
  • Latissimus muscle flap
  • Meningococcemia
  • Microsurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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