Revista Cubana de Cirugía
versão On-line ISSN 1561-2945
GALVEZ CHAVEZ, Julio César; SANCHEZ WALS, Lenia e MORALES TIRADO, Roxana. Advantages of the expanded frontal flap for nasal reconstruction. Rev Cubana Cir [online]. 2010, vol.49, n.4, pp. 1-8. ISSN 1561-2945.
INTRODUCTION. From 1957, the tissues expansion has becomes a very used technique in reconstructive surgery, since allows to obtain abundant soft tissue to correct cutaneous defects. In Cuba there aren't much publications on the use of cutaneous expanders of frontal region to nasal reconstruction. The objective of present paper was to characterize the usefulness of expanded frontal flap to repair distal nasal defects of full thickness in patients presenting a short forehead. METHODS. A descriptive and prospective study was conducted in patients presenting with nasal defects secondary to oncology surgery, traumata and other causes who underwent a nasal reconstruction using expanded frontal flap performed in the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology and in the "Hermanos Ameijeiras" Surgical Hospital between June,1999 and May, 2007. RESULTS. It was possible an average gain of 1,0 cm length of the expanded frontal flap regarding the oblique design without expansion, as well as the reconstruction of the cutaneous coverage in all the cases even in the more distal defects like those of the alae nasi. The closure of donor zone always as in a direct way. CONCLUSIONS. It could be possible to characterize the usefulness of expanded frontal flap in the study sample and major advantages included length increase regarding the vertical distance of forehead. There is a consensus among authors as regards its usefulness when it is prescribed and be available and that it is a alternative resource when there are not much tissue available to reconstruction of nasal defects.
Palavras-chave : Expanded frontal flap; nasal reconstruction.