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Kohli P, Penumadu P, Dharanipragada K, Friji M. Lateral Thoracodorsal Flap Revisited: An Underappreciated Workhorse. wjps. 2020; 9 (2) :206-212
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Department of Plastic Surgery, JIPMER, Dhanvantri Nagar, Puducherry, India
Abstract:   (1368 Views)
Although, the lateral thoracodorsal flap is a well described technique, its utility seems to be lost in the ever evolving world of oncoplastic breast surgery. This study reviews the technique, its indications and limitations and the advantage of this technique.
Between January 2016 and January 2018, data from 7 consecutive patients who underwent partial breast mastectomy with lateral thoracodorsal flap were enrolled.  A wedge shaped flap was designed using the pinch test using the index finger and the thumb in small defects, while larger defects required a convex shaped incision with curved superior and inferior borders. Incision was made along the marked margins of the proposed flap and deepened to the underlying serratus anterior and latissimus dorsii muscle. The flap was transposed in the defect and the symmetry of mound between the two breasts confirmed in sitting and supine position. 
All patients were satisfied by cosmetic outcomes on visual analog scale (VAS). Cosmetic results based on Harvard scale showed good to excellent scores. Evaluation by Breast Cancer Conservation Treatment (BCCT) core software illustrated good to excellent cosmetic outcomes. There was no delayed wound healing, marginal skin ornecrosis and no evidence of any fat necrosis in the follow up period.
The versatility of latissimus dorsii flap, good aesthetic and functional results and its simple execution made it an important option in the armamentarium of the oncoplastic breast surgeon. Also, morbidity of the donor site was minimized without sacrificing muscles or nerves. 
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: General
Received: 2019/01/29 | Accepted: 2020/04/13 | Published: 2020/04/13

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