Preoperative Doppler assessment of perforator anatomy in the anterolateral thigh flap.

Shaw, Richard J., Batstone, Martin D., Blackburn, Tim K. and Brown, James S. (2010) Preoperative Doppler assessment of perforator anatomy in the anterolateral thigh flap.. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 48 6: . doi:10.1016/j.bjoms.2009.08.016

Author Shaw, Richard J.
Batstone, Martin D.
Blackburn, Tim K.
Brown, James S.
Title Preoperative Doppler assessment of perforator anatomy in the anterolateral thigh flap.
Journal name British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-4356
Publication date 2010-09
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.bjoms.2009.08.016
Volume 48
Issue 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite its many evident merits as a donor site, the principal disadvantage of the anterolateral thigh flap is the variability in its vascular anatomy. Preoperative assessment by Doppler of the vascular perforators has been advocated as routine. We report the accuracy of this method, and describe the strategy for rescue where adequate perforators are not evident. Eighty-six consecutive patients were marked preoperatively using hand-held Doppler and the pattern was compared with intraoperative findings. Assessment by Doppler predicted a median of 3 (range 0-8) perforator signals, and a median of 2 (range 0-5) was found intraoperatively. This overall trend towards false positives was exaggerated in thin thighs, but in the obese there were more false negative results. In 79% of cases explored medially it would have been possible to raise an apparently viable anteromedial thigh flap. As this can be done without extending the incision, it is the option of choice for rescue, although use of more proximal perforators may often be possible. © 2009 The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Keyword Anterolateral thigh
Free flap
Head and neck
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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