Fifty-year delay of flap for facial reconstruction

Shmuel Klatzkin*, Ruth Yeschua, Melvyn Westreich

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A 72-year-old man began reconstructive surgery after radical maxillectomy more than 50 years ago but, for unknown reasons, the reconstruction was never completed. He was left with a highly disfiguring tube pedicle flap attached between his nose and chin for more than 50 years. The patient had a preliminary procedure to inset the flap, but ultimately decided to leave the tube pedicle in place and not have further surgery This occurrence has raised concern about the need for proper motivation in reconstructive surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-871
Number of pages3
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes


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