Use of Innovative Technologies in Pediatric Lower Extremity Reconstruction.

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2016-08

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The anterolateral thigh (ALT) free flap has proven to be a reliable option for the coverage of soft tissue defects in adults and more recently in the pediatric population. When considering the use of the ALT flap in the pediatric patient, there are few studies that detail techniques specific to pediatric free flap management. We present a unique case of a 14- × 8-cm ALT flap used for traumatic wound coverage in a distal tibial injury in a 6-year-old girl. This case highlights innovative techniques in pediatric perioperative free flap monitoring and the use of continuous external tissue expansion to achieve delayed primary closure of the donor site.

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10.1097/gox.0000000000000820

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Mountziaris, Paschalia M, Carol E Soteropulos, Kristen M Rezak and Ashit Patel (2016). Use of Innovative Technologies in Pediatric Lower Extremity Reconstruction. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open, 4(8). p. e825. 10.1097/gox.0000000000000820 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/26974.

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Rezak

Kristen Marie Rezak

Associate Professor of Surgery

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Clinical interests include cosmetic breast and body contouring surgery, revision breast surgery, transgender surgery, breast reconstruction and microsurgical free flaps.

Research interests include improving outcomes for free flap surgery, optimizing healing after breast reconstruction, and regenerative medicine.

Patel

Ash Patel

Professor of Surgery

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