Recent advances in free flap transfer have shifted the aim of reconstruction from simple closure of the defects to the more complex goal of restoration of function of the resected region. A superficial circumflex iliac perforator (SCIP) flap, first reported by Koshima et al. in 2004, has become more and more popular because of its several advantages and has been used for reconstructions of the limb, penis, and head and neck defects.
1Sensate flaps have been reported to be of great importance in such reconstructions. While a sensate radial forearm flap,
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- Nanba Y.
- Tsutsui T.
- et al.
Superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator flap for reconstruction of limb defects.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004; 113: 233-240
2a anterolateral thigh flap,
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- Loree T.R.
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- Meyers S.
- Hicks W.L.
Sensate radial forearm free flaps in tongue reconstruction.
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001; 127: 1463-1466
3and thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps
- Yu P.
Reinnervated anterolateral thigh flap for tongue reconstruction.
Head Neck. 2004; 26: 1038-1044
4have been reported, sensate SCIP flaps have not previously been reported. We developed a free sensate SCIP flap based on lateral cutaneous branches of the intercostal nerves and used it for head and neck reconstructions.
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- Yang K.C.
- Hsu K.C.
- et al.
Sensate thoracodorsal artery perforator flap: a focus on its preoperative design and harvesting technique.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009; 123: 163-174
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- Superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator flap for reconstruction of limb defects.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004; 113: 233-240
- Sensate radial forearm free flaps in tongue reconstruction.Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001; 127: 1463-1466
- Reinnervated anterolateral thigh flap for tongue reconstruction.Head Neck. 2004; 26: 1038-1044
- Sensate thoracodorsal artery perforator flap: a focus on its preoperative design and harvesting technique.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009; 123: 163-174
Published online: September 23, 2011
Accepted: September 1, 2011
Received: August 31, 2011
© 2011 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.