Delto-acromial artery perforator flap combined with a radial forearm free flap as a "vascular bridge" for nasal reconstruction.

Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Jebrane BouaoudFrederic Kolb


Nasal reconstruction for total rhinectomy is challenging, especially if locoregional flaps are unavailable. Herein, we report the case of a nasal reconstruction combining a forearm free flap as "vascular bridge" and a Delto-Acromial Artery Perforator (DAAP) flap in its free form. The forearm free flap was used to restore missing elements of the nasal lining while the distal part of the radial pedicle has served as a donor vessel for the DAAP free flap which restores the nasal covering. A chondrocostal graft was used as a nasal framework. The nasal aspect at 24 months postop support the patient's satisfaction. The main advantages of the DAAP Flap are the pliability, relative hairless nature, skin thinness and its geographical proximity with the nose avoiding major dyschromia. Moreover, the anatomy consistency makes it easier to harvest, the underlying muscles are respected, and it allows for tension free primary closure without shoulder movement limitation.

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