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Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana

versión On-line ISSN 1989-2055versión impresa ISSN 0376-7892


LASSO, J.M.; UCEDA, M.; ARENAS, L.  y  PEREZ CANO, R.. Reconstruction of full thickness defects on the chest wall: Presentation of 8 complex cases. Cir. plást. iberolatinoam. [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.4, pp.249-259. ISSN 1989-2055.

Reconstruction of full thickness defects on the chest wall is controversial and require the use of complex techniques that combine autologous tissue and/or alloplastic materials. Thus it is a challenge for plastic surgeons since it needs a suitable and functional reconstruction. The aethiology for these defects include tumoral surgery (primary wall tumors, or recurrences or metastasis), infections, radiation injury, trauma and congenital defects. Otherwise, first surgical treatment require wide resection of the tumor or ischaemic or radiated tissue and control of the infection, but these principles could not be safely faced without the multiple reconstructive techniques that can afford the use of well vascularized, large or bulky tissues to reconstruct this anatomical area in combination with alloplastic materials, in order to give a solid stabilization. Thanks to these advances, we can actually perform our objectives in only one procedure. We present a selection of complex chest wall defects that have been operated in the last years by our surgical team. We will describe the solutions and the results obtained by means of a variety of possible flaps and synthetic materials.

Palabras clave : Thoracic defects; Chest wall reconstruction.

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