Temporoparietal Fascia Free Flap for Nasoseptal Perforation Repair

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Abstract

Nasoseptal perforations can be a challenging defect for the reconstructive surgeon, with repair limited by the surrounding tissue availability and the defect size. In patients with a history of cocaine use, often the integrity of surrounding vasculature is questionable and large defects may not be well suited for local reconstruction. In the otolaryngology literature, several reconstructive options using local tissue and synthetic materials have been described, but there have been no reports of microvascular free flaps utilized in this regard. We present a unique case of a 37-year-old woman with a 3.0 cm × 3.5 cm nasoseptal perforation secondary to cocaine use successfully reconstructed with a temporoparietal fascia free flap anastomosed to the facial artery and vein. Postoperatively, the patient had a well-healed septal defect from the free flap reconstruction This new technique shows promise as a feasible option for patients with large defects and for those with limited local reconstructive options. The ease of harvest and low donor-site morbidity make the temporoparietal fascia flap a suitable option for repair of complex nasoseptal defects.

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