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One-Stage Reconstruction for Re-rupture of Achilles Tendon with Soft Tissue Infection: Using an Anterolateral Thigh Flap Incorporating a Vascularized Muscle Flap and a Strip of Iliotibial TractFunding None.
Received: 20 October 2017
Accepted: 18 December 2017
20 March 2018 (online)
Reconstruction is challenging in a patient with loss of a segment of Achilles tendon and infection in the overlying soft tissue. Here the authors describe one-stage tendon reconstruction, using an anterolateral thigh free flap incorporating a vascularized muscle flap and a strip of iliotibial tract in a patient with re-rupture of an Achilles tendon and soft tissue infection. Postoperative immobilization of the affected ankle using an external fixator enabled us to observe the flap directly and reduce pressure on the flap. The patient had a successful outcome, with no difficulty in walking, running, or climbing stairs and no limitation of range of motion at the ankle joint postoperatively. This is a promising technique for reconstruction of the Achilles tendon and treatment of infection as a one-step procedure.
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