Abstract We report a series of 106 microvascular transplants performed in paediatric patients between 1973 and 1989. Eighty-eight percent of these flaps were successful. Two of the 13 failed flaps (1.9%) in this series were lost because of small vessel size. Otherwise, success rates (93% in the last 5 years) and complications were comparable to our adult cases. No growth-related complications were noted either in recipient or donor sites. We conclude that microvascular transplantation is a reliable procedure in children.