More experience with the 'reverse' latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap: Precise location of blood supply

Thomas R Stevenson, R. J. Rohrich, R. A. Pollock, R. O. Dingman, J. Bostwick

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Abstract

Our work demonstrates that the 'reverse' latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap has a predictable and consistent blood supply. A major portion of the muscle can be nourished by the dorsal perforating branches of the ninth, tenth, and eleventh intercostal vessels. The skin island based on the 'reverse' latissimus dorsi muscle can be as large as 8 x 20 cm. This is confirmed by anatomic dissections and clinical cases. Knowledge of the blood supply facilitates elevation of the flap and extends its utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume74
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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