Conjoint Muscle Free flap for Obliteration of an Upper Thoracic Empyema Cavity.
Successful obliteration of an empyema cavity with vascularized flaps can, on occasion, best be accomplished using a free tissue transfer. A conjoint free muscle flap captures the immunological attributes of muscle necessary in the infectious milieu of these defects, augments the potential flap volume required to fill these often large defects, yet relies on only a single recipient site for the requisite microanastomoses. These advantages are demonstrated by a case using a combined latissimus dorsi/serratus anterior conjoint muscle free flap to obliterate a chronic upper thoracic empyema cavity. The internal mammary vessels were the most readily accessible recipient site, and should be considered an important alternative when managing these challenging wounds of the upper chest.
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Hallock, G. G. (2003). Conjoint muscle free flap for obliteration of an upper thoracic empyema cavity. The Canadian Journal Of Plastic Surgery = Journal Canadien De Chirurgie Plastique, 11(4), 216-218.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty