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March 1986

Pectoralis Major Muscle Flap in Head and Neck Reconstruction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(3):297-301. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780030061012

• Pectoralis major muscle flaps have rarely been used on their own for head and neck reconstruction. Some of the problems experienced with myocutaneous flaps can be avoided by the judicious use of muscle flaps. These include suture line separation, excessive bulk, hair growth from the flap, and alteration of breast position. In contrast to the pectoralis major myocutaneous flap, the pectoralis major muscle flap is light and pliable. When it is employed for reconstruction in the oral cavity, oropharynx, or hypopharynx, it can be covered by a "quilted" skin graft or used on its own. We believe that pectoralis major muscle flaps provide a valuable alternative to the more bulky myocutaneous flaps in head and neck reconstruction.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:297-301)