The value of angiography prior to use of the latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap

Zalman J. Rubinstein*, Raphael Shafir, Haggai Tsur

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Abstract

In 5 patients studied, preoperative angiography showed the thoracodorsal artery to be patent in two—both of them then had successful transfers of latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flaps. Obliteration of this artery was apparent in 3 patients, precluding the operation. We suggest that selective preoperative angiography be performed in all patients in whom a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap transfer is being considered, as a patent thoracodorsal artery is essential to the success of this procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-376
Number of pages3
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1979
Externally publishedYes

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