Ricostruzione del cavo orale con lembo massetere

Translated title of the contribution: Oral cavity reconstruction with the masseter flap

R. Mahieu, S. Russo, T. Gualtieri, G. Colletti, A. Deganello

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The purpose of this report is to highlight how an unusual, outdated, unpopular and overlooked reconstructive method such as the masseter flap can be a reliable, straightforward and effective solution for oral reconstruction in selected cases. We report the transposition of the masseter crossover flap in two previously pre-treated patients presenting a second primary oral squamous cell carcinoma; excellent functional results with satisfactory cosmetic appearance were obtained in both cases. In the literature, only 60 cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal reconstructions using the masseter flap have been reported. The possible clinical utility of this flap, even in modern head and neck reconstructive surgery, is presented and discussed. We believe that the masseter flap should enter in the armamentarium of every head and neck surgeon and be kept in mind as a possible solution since it provides an elegant and extremely simple procedure in suboptimal cases for microvascular reconstruction.

Translated title of the contributionOral cavity reconstruction with the masseter flap
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
JournalActa Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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