Results of 75 reconstructions with a modified pectoralis major myocutaneous flap are described in patients with advanced (stages III and IV) head and neck tumors between 1982 and 1986. The course of the supplying thoracoacromial artery was determined with angiographic studies and was found to follow the middle clavicular line in most cases. The pectoralis major muscle was mobilized up to its acromial attachment, which made the bridging of considerable distances possible between the site of the removed tumor and the donor site. The bulk of the pedicle was reduced at the same time without endangering the safety of the blood supply of the pectoralis major myocutaneous flap. The flaps were viable in the 70 evaluable patients. Partial necroses were observed in three cases. Postoperative fistulas were encountered in 13 patients (surgical closure was necessary in three). Reconstruction with the pectoralis major myocutaneous flap is a safe and versatile procedure, yielding good clinical and functional results in patients with advanced head and neck tumors.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Archives of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1992|
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