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Journal of the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons 2005;32(2):183-188.
Published online March 1, 2005.
Reconstruction of the Cone-shaped Defect in the Temporal Area with Rectus Abdominis Free Flap.
Woo Ram Kim, Hak Chang, Sang Hoon Park, Kyung Suck Koh
Department of Plastic Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Seoul Korea. prshchang@hotmail.com
Defect on the temporal area caused by, surgical ablation of a tumor or an infection should be reconstructed immediately to prevent potentially life-threatening complications such as meningitis and cerebrospinal fluid leakage. The defect on the temporal area usually presents as a typical 'cone-shape'. Successful reconstruction requires sufficient volume of well-vascularized soft tissue to cover the exposed bone and dura. From 1994 through 2003, the authors applied rectus abdominis free flap for the reconstruction of the temporal defect from 1994 through 2003. There were 10 patients with a mean age of 52.1 years. Of these 10 patients, external auditory canal cancer was present in four patients, temporal bone cancer in two, parotid gland cancer in one and three patients were reconstructed after debridement of infection(destructive chronic otitis media). All the free flaps survived, and flap-related complications did not occur. Compared to a local flap, the rectus abdominis free flap can provide sufficient volume of well-vascularized tissue to cover the large defect and can be well-tolerated during an adjuvant radiation therapy. The long and flat muscle can be easily molded to fit in to the 'cone-shape' temporal defect without dead space. It is also preferred because of the low donor site morbidity, a large skin island and an excellent vascular pedicle. Two-team approach without position change is possible. In conclusion, the authors think that rectus abdominis free flap should be considered as one of the most useful method for the reconstruction of a cone-shaped temporal defect.
Keywords: Temporal area; Rectus abdominis muscle free flap; Cone-shaped defect
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