J Reconstr Microsurg 1998; 14(7): 449-452
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1000206

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Simultaneous Soft‐Tissue Reconstruction and Revascularization of the Thumb with a Flow‐Through Distally‐Pedicled Radial Forearm Flap

Ahmet Karacalar, Oytun Idil, Mesut Özcan
  • Division of Hand Surgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medical Faculty of Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey
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Accepted for publication 1998

Publication Date:
08 March 2008 (online)


The authors report the application of the flow-through concept to a distally-pedicled radial forearm flap for simultaneous thumb revascularization and soft-tissue coverage. A distally-pedicled radial forearm flap was used to cover a skin defect at the base of thumb and thenar area. The flap artery (reversed radial artery) was anastomosed to the distal ends of the defective digital arteries. The flap survived completely, and the thumb was well-vascularized.