The nondamaged latissimus dorsi and pectoralis major muscles are widely reported in the literature as being the most frequently used for chest wall reconstruction. In this study, we report a series of 9 patients with full-thickness chest wall defects who underwent reconstruction with previously damaged latissimus dorsi or pectoralis major muscles. Nine patients underwent chest wall reconstruction over a period of 3 years using previously damaged latissimus dorsi or pectoralis major muscles. The thoracic defect was posttraumatic in 3 patients and post-tumor resection in 6 patients. Three patients had previous radiation therapy. In 8 cases, the full-thickness chest wall defects were completely closed. The only failure encountered was in one patient who had a long lasting fistula. The proximal based island flap that was inserted into the tract showed good vascular supply and viability; however, it did not solve the clinical problem. Keeping in mind the basic rule of medicine ("Primum Non Nocere") and a thorough knowledge of the surgical anatomy of these muscles are essential for the successful application of these previously damaged muscles for chest wall reconstruction.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of Plastic Surgery|
|State||Published - 1 Feb 2006|
- Chest reconstruction
- Latissimus dorsi
- Pectoralis major
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