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Reverse digital artery flap from radial and ulnar borders of palm.

Authors
  • Basu, Indraneil
  • Markeson, Daniel
  • Evgeniou, Evgenios
  • Iyer, Srinivasan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2012
Volume
16
Issue
2
Pages
110–113
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e31825070a6
PMID: 22627939
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Reconstructing skin defects of the volar aspect of fingers can be a challenging task due to a lack of local expendable tissue. The reverse digital artery flap is a versatile and reliable technique that can be used to manage such disabling injuries. Various authors have used this flap effectively, but most have used the digit itself as the donor site. This limits the size of the flap and also necessitates skin grafting to cover the donor site. Large reverse digital artery flaps can be raised from the radial and ulnar borders of the palm facilitating coverage of significant digital defects and primary closure of the donor site, resulting in minimal donor-site morbidity. We describe 3 illustrative cases to highlight the flaps versatility.

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