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May 1990

The Cutaneous Scapular Free Flap in Head and Neck Reconstruction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(5):600-603. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870050100016

• Successful surgical reconstruction of complicated soft-tissue defects of the head and neck region has been greatly enhanced by free-revascularized tissue transfers. The scapular free flap has become a favored reconstructive option in our department and has been reported previously for one-stage mandibular reconstruction. This flap can also be transferred as a cutaneous free flap. We present our clinical experience with the fasciocutaneous scapular free flap and review the anatomy, surgical technique, and utility of this versatile flap.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:600-603)