Reconstruction of the extremity with the dorsal thoracic fascia free flap

Lawrence B. Colen, Joel E. Pessa, Zoran Potparic, William F. Reus

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The dorsal thoracic fascia is the anatomic layer that contains the blood supply to the scapular and parascapular fasciocutaneous flaps. The cutaneous vascular territory of the circumflex scapular artery and its parascapular branches is well known. During the past 8 years, the authors have employed the dorsal thoracic fascia free flap for extremity reconstruction in 17 patients (upper extremity, n = 9; lower extremity, n = 8). The indications for using this free flap included primary coverage after trauma (n = 10), resurfacing of 'unstable' scar (n = 3), coverage of plantar foot ulceration (n = 3), and coverage of an exposed lower extremity distal arterial bypass graft (n = 1). The large anatomic boundaries of this flap, the consistent vascular anatomy, and the thin yet durable quality of the tissue make this flap an excellent chalice tier tile reconstruction of upper and lower extremity defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)738-744
Number of pages7
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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