Research Article| Volume 33, ISSUE 2, P216-220, April 1980

Chest-wall reconstruction using the external oblique muscle

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      Transposed muscle is invaluable material in the repair of chest-wall defects following resection. The strength of the muscle, its size and good blood supply make it suitable for pleural seal, stabilisation and mediastinal protection. The muscle provides an excellent surface for skin grafts and if more stabilisation of the chest wall is needed, a free bone graft can be inserted at the same time.
      We report the use of the external oblique muscle in the reconstruction of the chest wall after resection of a large radionecrotic ulcer.


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