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Experimental findings of survival of pedicled venous flaps were clinically applied in seven cases for traumatic skin defects on digits. Five flaps which were transferred to or on digits other than the thumb survived, but two flaps from the index to the thumb developed partial necrosis. In order to prevent flap necrosis, the draining vein should be short.
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Accepted: August 6, 1992
Received: May 28, 1992
Presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, September 1990, Toronto.
© 1993 The British Association of Plastic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc.