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Title: Outcomes following head neck free flap reconstruction requiring interposition vein graft or vascular bridge flap
Authors: Giuseppe Di Taranto
Shih Heng Chen
Rossella Elia
Ngamcherd Sitpahul
Jeffrey C.Y. Chan
Luigi Losco
Emanuele Cigna
Diego Ribuffo
Hung Chi Chen
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
China Medical University Hospital Taichung
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Università di Pisa
Università degli Studi di Bari
Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2019
Citation: Head and Neck. Vol.41, No.9 (2019), 2914-2920
Abstract: © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Background: Interposition vein grafts (IVG) and vascular bridge flaps (VBF) have been exploited as vascular conduit in challenging head and neck reconstructions. Methods: A retrospective review was conducted on 6025 flaps. The effect of patients' characteristics and length of IVG on flap compromise and loss were analyzed. Comparison between IVG and VBF was performed. Results: The flap compromise and loss rates for the overall group were 8.2% and 3.2%, respectively. An IVG was used in 309 free flaps. The average length of the vein grafts was 6.9 ± 4.2 cm. An unplanned return to the operation room occurred in 32 cases (10.4%) and failure of the flap in 12 patients (3.9%). Binary logistic regression found a significant association between flap compromise and loss rates and length of IVG, hypertension, prior radiation, and neck dissection. In the multiple regression model, length of IVG and prior radiation significantly influenced the outcomes. Thirty-nine patients underwent reconstruction with a long IVG (>10 cm). Twenty-six patients underwent surgical reconstruction with radial forearm flap as a VBF. The rate of flap compromise was higher in the group with a long IVG (P =.01). Conclusions: In head and neck free flap reconstruction, the length of IVGs and history of radiotherapy are associated with flap compromise and loss. In case of long distance between the pedicle and the recipient site, the use of a VBF bridge should be considered as a safe alternative.
ISSN: 10970347
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2019

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