A Distally Based Sartorius Muscle Flap for a Gustilo Grade-III Open Fracture of the Lateral Femoral Condyle and the Head of the Fibula with a Complex Soft-Tissue Defect: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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Abstract

Case:

We present a case of lower-limb trauma associated with an extensive soft-tissue defect around the knee joint, which led to the exposure of bone and the metalwork that was used for the management of the associated fractures. Coverage was performed with a distally based sartorius muscle flap in a single-stage procedure, allowing good recovery with a nice aesthetic and functional outcome at the 1-year follow-up. Additionally, we discuss alternative options for the coverage of severe soft-tissue defects based on the clinical context.

Conclusion:

A distally based sartorius muscle flap may be a suitable alternative for coverage of complex soft-tissue defects around the knee joint.

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