Title

Free-Flap Monitoring Using a Chimeric Sentinel Muscle Perforator Flap.

Publication/Presentation Date

8-1-2005

Abstract

Muscle perforator flaps have become an important resource for the creation of cutaneous flaps based on musculocutaneous perforators, but without inclusion of the involved muscle. As a chimeric flap with or without the muscle, the cutaneous perforator flap can specifically serve as a sentinel or monitoring flap to allow the early detection of anastomotic compromise involving the common source vessel, without the need for direct observation of the major free-flap component. This can be a valuable adjunctive use of muscle perforator flaps for the continuous assessment of free muscle flaps or as an exteriorized flap for the monitoring of buried free flaps.

Volume

21

Issue

6

First Page

351

Last Page

354

ISSN

0743-684X

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery

PubMedID

16096943

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article