Total Lower Lip Reconstruction Using Free Neurotendinofasciocutaneous Anterolateral Thigh Composite Flap: A Case Report

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Abstract

Total lower lip reconstructions are challenging procedures because of poor aesthetic and functional outcomes and limited availability of donor tissues that anatomically imitate the lip. We hereby report the free neurotendinofasciocutaneous anterolateral thigh composite flap as a new reconstructive option. A 48-year-old man presenting with a squamous cell carcinoma of the lower lip underwent wide resection of tumor, bilateral neck dissection, and lower lip reconstruction with the mentioned flap where the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and tensor fascia lata tendon were included. No complication was encountered postoperatively. The flap survived totally. Understandable speech, oral competence, and uneventful nutrition were obtained. Furthermore, tactile, pain and heat sensations, and two-point discrimination of 12 mm at the flap were regained. In reconstruction of the lower lip, this flap was first described in the literature and can be a good candidate as a reconstructive option.

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