Reconstruction of posterior trunk defects.
The posterior trunk roughly encompasses the upper back from the shoulders to the lumbar area above the iliac crests. Long-term outcomes in the treatment of defects of the spine and bony thorax have been proved superior if flaps were used. Many local muscle and fasciocutaneous flaps are available alternatives. A guideline, patterned according to arbitrary anatomic territories of the back, is suggested as a starting point for the selection of appropriate primary and secondary flap options. Depending on flap availability, the latissimus dorsi and trapezius muscles are the workhorse flaps for the upper back, whereas perforator flaps have become a useful alternative for the lumbar region in lieu of free flaps.
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Hallock G. G. (2011). Reconstruction of posterior trunk defects. Seminars in plastic surgery, 25(1), 78–85. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0031-1275174
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery