Early and reliable closure of large meningomyelocoele defects in newborns is critical to prevent severe infectious complications and neurologic deterioration. Here, we introduce a new surgical method for the reconstruction of large horizontal meningomyelocoele defects, in which we use unilateral myocutaneous tissue based on the superior gluteal artery (SGA) as a propellar flap. This procedure permits a tension-free and durable multilayer closure of difficult, large-scale horizontal defects that cannot adequately be treated by conventional myocutaneous advancement flaps. The technique is reliable and straightforward and requires no skin grafts or relaxing incisions. The SGA-based myocutaneous propeller flap might be a promising alternative for complex meningomyelocoele reconstructions in the future.
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Published online: August 29, 2011
Accepted: August 7, 2011
Received: August 4, 2011
© 2011 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.