Clinical Application of the Free Thin Anterolateral Thigh Flap in 31 Consecutive Patients


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Abstract

In this retrospective study, 31 reconstructions using thin anterolateral thigh flaps and six cadaveric dissections of the thigh were investigated in consideration of the anatomic variations of the perforator vessels in the adipose layer, the safe area of flap circulation, and the clinical indications.Three variations of the perforator vessel course in the adipose layer were predicted correctly. The safe radius of a thin anterolateral thigh flap with a thickness of 3 to 4 mm was determined to be approximately 9 cm from the point where the perforator met the skin. The use of a thin anterolateral thigh flap for reconstruction of the neck, axilla, anterior tibial area, dorsum of the foot, circumference on the ankle, forearm, and dorsum of the hand was therefore recommended. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 108: 1197, 2001.)

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