Bilateral Temporal Myofascial Flap for the Reconstruction of Frontal Sinus Defects

F Gagliardi, Michele Bailo, A Spina, N Boari, CA Donofrio, M Piloni, C Gragnaniello, AJ Caputy, P Mortini

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Background A frontal sinus infection, following a transsinus skull base procedure, portends potentially life-threatening complications, making surgical revision mandatory in refractory infections. The authors describe the application of the bilateral temporal myofascial flap (BTMF) as a valuable option for frontal sinus reconstruction, when pericranial or galeal-frontalis myofascial flap (GFMF) is no longer available. Methods A microanatomic laboratory cadaver investigation was conducted to obtain anthropometric measurements. Surgical technique is described, and intraoperative images are provided. Results The surgical steps of this technique and the related intraoperative images are reported. One case illustration regarding frontal sinus reconstruction following a postoperative infection, as a complication after a transsinus procedure, is reported. Conclusion The BTMF should be considered as a valuable option for frontal sinus reconstruction after transsinus skull base procedures when GFMF is not available. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-481
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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