Superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator flap for tongue reconstruction
Ma, C.; Tian, Z.; Kalfarentzos, E.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Lam, D.; Zhang, C.; He, Y.
Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology 121(4): 373-380
With microvascular reconstruction, different perforator flaps have been introduced for the treatment of head and neck defects. In light of this, the superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator (SCIP) flap was assessed for reconstruction after partial and hemiglossectomy. A total number of nine patients who received SCIP flap reconstruction for tongue defects were included in this study. Details on clinical features were collected, and postoperative functions and esthetic results were analyzed. All the SCIP flaps survived, and postoperative speech and swallowing functions were generally found to be acceptable during follow-up. In addition, subjective questionnaire appraisals from patients were favorable. The SCIP flap may present a good alternative for reconstruction of partial or hemiglossectomy defects.