Presented as a poster presentation at the Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., February 4–7, 2010.
Head and Neck
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2010 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 121, Issue 3, pages 538–540, March 2011
How to Cite
Kucera Marcum, K. and Browne, J. D. (2011), Parascapular free flaps in skin malignancies. The Laryngoscope, 121: 538–540. doi: 10.1002/lary.21402
The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 OCT 2010
- Skin cancer;
- free flap reconstruction;
- parascapular flap;
- reconstructive surgical procedures;
This study was a retrospective review of a case series of nine patients, aged 40 to 83 years, presenting to the head and neck cancer department at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, with a diagnosis of head and neck cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), requiring reconstruction after surgical resection. In this group of patients, parascapular fasciocutaneous free flaps proved to be a safe, reliable, and cosmetically effective choice for reconstruction of head and neck skin cancer defects. Choosing donor tissue from a relatively non-sun exposed area can prevent potential development of new malignancies that may arise from donor sites using sun-exposed skin. We discuss the benefits and versatility of the parascapular fasciocutaneous free flap and our experience in using this flap to reconstruct complex surgical defects. Laryngoscope, 2011