Research Article| Volume 46, ISSUE 8, P665-669, December 1993

Cutaneous blood flow in the free TRAM flap

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      According to clinical studies there are fewer circulatory complications with the free TRAM flap than with the pedicled TRAM flap. In this haemodynamic study, we measured perioperative cutaneous blood flow in 11 free TRAM flaps with laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) and transcutaneous oxygen tension (ptcO2). We also studied 4 pedicled TRAM flaps with an additional microvascular anastomosis. Our results suggest that skin blood flow in the free TRAM flap is superior compared to our previously presented results of the pedicled TRAM flaps, and also superior to pedicled TRAM flaps with additional microvascular anastomoses of the inferior epigastric vessels to “supercharge” them.


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