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01.12.2014 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2014 Open Access

World Journal of Surgical Oncology 1/2014

Free posterior tibial flap reconstruction for hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma

Zeitschrift:
World Journal of Surgical Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2014
Autoren:
Fei Chen, Jun Liu, Lihong Wang, Dan Lv, Yuanzhi Zhu, Qi Wu, Guojun Li, Hongliang Zheng, Xiaofeng Tao
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Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1477-7819-12-163) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
Fei Chen, Jun Liu contributed equally to this work.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

Study conception and design: LG, TX, CF, LJ. Acquisition of data: CF, LJ, WL, LD, ZY, WQ. Data Analysis and interpretation: LG, TX, CF, LJ, WL, LD, ZY, WQ. Drafting of manuscript: LG, TX, CF, LJ, WL, LD, ZY, WQ. Critical revision: LG, TX, CF, LJ. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript

Abstract

Objectives

The aim of this article was to determine outcomes in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the hypopharynx (SCCHP) in whom the free posterior tibial flap was used for primary reconstruction of hypopharynx defects after cancer resection.

Subjects and methods

Between August 2009 and February 2012, 10 patients with SCCHP underwent posterior tibial flap reconstruction for hypopharynx defects. The corresponding clinical data were retrospectively collected and analyzed.

Results

Despite the multistep and time-consuming procedure, the posterior tibial flap survival rate was 100%. Operation-induced complications did not occur in four patients. Six patients developed postoperative hypoproteinemia, four patients developed postoperative pulmonary infections, and four patients developed pharyngeal fistula. The pharyngeal and laryngeal functions of all patients were preserved.

Conclusion

Our experience demonstrates that the posterior tibial flap is a safe and reliable choice for the reconstruction of hypopharynx defects.
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