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Dorai AA, Halim AS
Correspondence: Dr A Ananda Dorai, email@example.com
Extensive full thickness anterior abdominal wall defects pose a difficult challenge to the reconstructive surgeon. The objectives of reconstruction are the support of the intra-abdominal structures in order to preserve the functional integrity and achieve an aesthetically-acceptable appearance. Autologous tissues are versatile and provide the best reconstructive option in this type of defects. The tensor fascia latae myocutaneous flap provides identical abdominal wall musculofascial cover for full thickness defects. In extensive defects, the extended tensor fascia latae flap is a versatile option with a second microvascular anastomosis at the distal end of the flap. A total anterior abdominal wall soft tissue tumour resection defect was reconstructed with the use of the double pedicle extended free tensor fascia latae myocutaneous flap in a 60-year-old man. The patient however succumbed to the disease process six months post-reconstruction. During the follow-up period, there was no evidence of hernia at the anterior abdominal wall.
Keywords: abdominal wall reconstruction, double microanastomosis, extended tensor fascia latae flap, myocutaneous flap
Singapore Med J 2007; 48(5): e141–e145