Research Article| Volume 40, ISSUE 1, P16-19, January 1987

Cephalic venous flap

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      A case is reported in which an island fasciocutaneous flap from the radial side of the forearm, with only the cephalic vein connecting it to the rest of the body (Fig. 1) was successfully transposed to cover part of a defect on the ulnar side of the elbow. An earlier case in which such a venous flap was raised but not used for cover is also detailed. A brief discussion speculating on the way this flap survived without any arterial inflow and only proximal venous drainage is included.


        • Thatte R.L.
        • Thatte M.R.
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