Osteoradionecrosis of the olecranon: Treatment by radial forearm flap

J. W. Thornton, Thomas R Stevenson, C. A. VanderKolk

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Osteoradionecrosis of the olecranon is an unusual pathologic entity, treated best by debridement and wound closure using vascularized tissue. Local skin is often unavailable for flap design and transposition. The radial forearm flap can be isolated on a proximal vascular pedicle and transposed to cover the wound. In the case presented, healing was brisk and complete, allowing early elbow mobilization. Although the donor site is not easily concealed, no functional impairment results from flap elevation and all full-thickness wounds are confined to the involved extremity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-835
Number of pages3
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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