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Secondary reconstruction of thoracic esophageal defects is a challenging problem for microsurgeons. Because of previous surgeries and coexisting disease, gastric pull-up, and creation of a pedicled colon conduit are often impossible. Transfer of a supercharged pedicled jejunum flap or free jejunal interposition is usually the last resort; however, identifying appropriate recipient vessels and adequately covering the reconstructive conduit are often difficult. We performed secondary thoracic esophageal reconstruction with combined use of the cephalic vein as a recipient vein and the pectoralis major muscle flap for coverage in three patients. Two patients underwent transfer of a supercharged pedicled jejunum flap, and the other patient underwent free jejunal interposition. No wound complications occurred, and all patients could resume oral intake. The cephalic vein is a more reliable recipient vein than is the internal mammary vein. The skin graft-covered pectoralis major muscle flap provides secure external coverage to prevent anastomotic leakage even in complicated cases. Combined use of the cephalic vein and the skin graft-covered pectoralis major muscle flap is a versatile option for secondary thoracic esophageal reconstruction. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Microsurgery 34:319–323, 2014.