Radial forearm flap reliability in oral cavity and oropharynx reconstruction

E. Zanoletti, V. Rossi, A. Occhini, G. Bertino, G. Aresi, S. Di Pietro, M. Benazzo

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Abstract

The radial forearm flap as a fasciocutaneous flap is the most used way of reconstruction in head and neck surgery, for its pliable skin, its reliability and flexibility in design and harvesting; main indications are oral tissue defects, mobile and tongue base reconstruction, lower lips, inner cheek and palatal defects. One hundred ninety seven patients with oral cavity and oropharynx cancer were observed in Otorhinolaryn-gological Department of the University of Pavia starting from 1996 to October 2001. The results of these 28 patients who underwent a FRFF reconstruction are encouraging. The FRFF is revealed a very useful flap in head and neck oncology in order to achieve a healed wound and not delay adjuvant therapy, to maximize tongue function (deglutition and speech) and to restore cosmesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-111
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Medicine, Biology and the Environment
Volume29
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

Keywords

  • Free flaps
  • Oral cancer
  • Radial forearm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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