Management Of Carotid Artery Exposure With Pectoralis Major Myofascial Flap Transfer And Split-Thickness Skin Coverage

C. R. Leemans, R. T. Gregor, F. J.M. Hilgers

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The risk for post-operative exposure of the carotid artery due to skin flap necrosis after major head and neck surgery is increased after previous radiation and in severely malnourished patients. Eight patients are described who presented with an (imminent) carotid exposure one to eight weeks after surgery. Pectoralis major myofascial flap transfer with split thickness skin graft coverage was used for protection of the carotid artery. All cases were managed successfully and healed primarily in two to four weeks with acceptable cosmesis. We advocate immediate treatment in the event of an exposed carotid (or imminent exposure) by a pectoralis major myofascial flap with split-thickness skin grafting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1176-1180
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Laryngology & Otology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1995

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