The objective is to analyze the utility of theisland supraclavicular flap in a region where skin graft cannot be used and free flap is not feasible. We assessed complications and functional outcomes.
Prospective descriptive study. The study was done at plastic and reconstructive surgery department CMH Rawalpindi during the period of 03 year from October 2011 to October 2014. An island supraclavicular artery flap was used to reconstruct oncologic, and post burn neck contractures release defects.30 patients were included in the study. Doppler probe was used to help with localization of vascular pedicle. All the patients with scarring in both shoulder regions, history of radiation to neck and undergoing radical neck dissection were excluded. Atotal of 30 patients were included 20 [66.6%] male and 10 [33.3%] were female. Oncologicre section was followed by immediate reconstruction with island supraclavicular artery flap. Post burn contractures were released and covered by a pedicled supraclavicular artery flap. The recipient sites were neck, face, oral and upper chest region. The average harvest time was 1 and half hour. Donor site was closed primarily in 22 [73.3%] while 8 [26.6%] require skin grafting. Post burn contractures needed scar management with intralesional steroid, pressure garments and scar revision with Z-plasty in 4 [13.3%] cases.1 [3.3%] flap failed completely and the defect was covered with a skin graft. We had 01 [3.3%] mortality due to respiratory obstruction, despite adequate flap perfusion for 24 hours. Minor complications included, partial flap loss, seroma, and haematoma formation. In addition hypertrophied scar, spreading scar and keloid formation occurred at the donor site 18 [60%] . Island supraclavicular artery flap with an easy learning curve is a reliable flap. It has a good colour and texture match with minimal donor site morbidity. It is an excellent choice for neck coverage after post burns contracture release and an attractive alternative to free flap for oral/ facial defects
Danish Almas ,Tahir Masood ,Muhammad Farooq Dar ,Ahsan Masood ,Noman ,Bilal ,
Versatality of supraclavicular flap in neck, face, and upper chest region coverage,
Pak. Armed Forces Med. J. 2015;
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