DIEP-flap failure after pedicle division three years following transfer
British Journal of Plastic Surgery , Volume 58 - Issue 7 p. 1000- 1003
Flap neovascularisation is generally believed to make free skin-containing flaps independent of their axial pedicle blood supply. A case of DIEP-flap failure 3 years after transfer is presented in a breast reconstruction patient in whom a lateral breast reduction for symmetry improvement was performed. Causative factors in this patient were the division of the flap pedicle during lateral breast reduction and smoking in the postoperative period. A review of literature is presented and highlights the uniqueness of this case.
|DIEP-flap, Flap failure, Neovascularisation, Smoking|
|British Journal of Plastic Surgery|
|Organisation||Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery|
Moolenburgh, S.E, van Huizum, M.A, & Hofer, S.O.P. (2005). DIEP-flap failure after pedicle division three years following transfer. British Journal of Plastic Surgery (Vol. 58, pp. 1000–1003). doi:10.1016/j.bjps.2005.04.040