Microvascular Surgery in Young Children

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Abstract

SUMMARY

We present a series of 8 children, all less than 6 years of age, which demonstrates the feasibility of primary microvascular replantation or reconstruction of amputated or devascularized parts in children. The function and the appearance obtained were excellent, and the potential for growth was maintained. Fortunately, the vessels were larger in these young children than one would expect. It is apparent that in a healthy, stable child, the careful application of microsurgical principles in an excellent method for salvaging devascularized or ampulated parts that are vital for function or appearance.

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