Bilateral skin fold rotation-advancement flaps for the closure of large lumbosacral wounds in three dogs

A. Dunn, E. Buffa, R. Mitchell, Geraldine B Hunt

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Abstract

Three dogs were presented for the management of disease processes resulting in large skin defects over the dorsal lumbosacral region. One had severe dog bite wounds, one had a large burn sustained from a heating pad and one had a large myxosarcoma in the region. In each case, the extent and location of the resulting skin defect were assessed as factors likely to prevent reconstruction using simple tension-relieving techniques alone or in combination with established reconstructive techniques, such as axial pattern flaps or skin stretching devices. Bilateral skin fold rotation-advancement flaps (SFRAFs) based on the flank folds were mobilised dorsally and allowed complete wound closure in two dogs and subtotal closure in the other dog. All wounds healed without major complications and an acceptable cosmetic outcome was achieved in each case. Minor flap debridement was required in two dogs. The use of bilateral SFRAFs is a useful technique alone or in combination with other reconstructive techniques for the closure of large dorsal lumbosacral skin defects when existing techniques are not sufficient. Small flank folds, such as those of obese dogs, may yield unexpectedly large SFRAFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Veterinary Journal
Volume89
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dogs
  • Flank fold
  • Skin fold advancement flap
  • Skin reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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