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Free anterolateral thigh flap versus free forearm flap: Functional results in oral reconstruction

Farace, Francesco and Fois, Valeria Emanuela Elisabetta and Manconi, Aandrea and Puddu, A. and Stomeo, Francesco and Tullio, Antonio and Meloni, Francesco and Pisanu, Giuseppe and Rubino, Corrado (2007) Free anterolateral thigh flap versus free forearm flap: Functional results in oral reconstruction. Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery, Vol. 60 (6), p. 583-587. ISSN 1748-6815. eISSN 1878-0539. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2006.11.014

Abstract

Nowadays, microsurgery performed for oral reconstruction of cancer patients, has become the standard treatment in restoring oral functions. The free radial forearm flap (FRFF) is still apparently the first reconstructive choice in oral cavity cancers. Recently the anterolateral thigh flap (ALTF) seemed to challenge the superiority of FRFF. The lack of functional data on which to base this recent supposition is the reason for this new research. Twenty reconstructed patients were enrolled for this study. Speech, swallowing, and donor site complications were studied to assess differences between the two techniques. Results show that difference in function between ALTF and FRFF groups is statistically insignificant. Donor site risks and complications seem to be the only variables among groups. These variables may be used as indicators when making a surgical choice.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:10747
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Free anterolateral thigh flap, free radial forearm flap, functional results in oral reconstruction, microsurgery in oral cavity
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/29 Chirurgia maxillofacciale
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/19 Chirurgia plastica
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/31 Otorinolaringoiatria
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > AOU -Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria, Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Oftalmologia, Otorinolaringoiatria e Urologia
001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Dermatologia
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1748-6815
eISSN:1878-0539
Deposited On:03 Feb 2015 14:52

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