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Immediate free flap reconstruction for head and neck pediatric malignancies

Immediate free flap reconstruction for head and neck pediatric malignancies

Annals of Plastic Surgery 40(6): 594-599

We performed six immediate free flap reconstructions after tumor ablation in 5 children under the age of 15 years presenting with head and neck malignancy. One patient underwent free flap transfer on two separate occasions because of tumor recurrence. There were no flap losses nor were there any complications related to microvascular surgery. Although a pediatric head and neck malignant tumor is rare, surgical resection is the primary therapeutic role for those that are amenable to complete excision. Pediatric microsurgery provides a safe and reliable procedure for reconstruction of head and neck defects after extirpation of the tumor.

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PMID: 9641276

DOI: 10.1097/00000637-199806000-00004

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