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Table 6 Latissimus dorsi flap

From: Complex reconstructions in head and neck cancer surgery: decision making

Flap size Pedicle length Pedicle diameter Donor site morbidity Patient's position Special considerations
-Muscle:
Length:35 cm (21-42 cm)
-Width: 20 cm (14-26 cm)
-Thickness: 1,5 cm (0,5-4,5 cm)
-Skin: Length: 18-35 cm, Width: 7-20 cm, Thickness: 2,5 cm (1-5 cm)
-8,5 cm (6,5-12 cm) -3 mm (2-4 mm) -Cosmetic deformity if skin graft is necessary for closure
-Weakness of shoulder possible
-High rate of seroma
-Lateral decubitus position
-Prone or supine with 45° lateral tilt
-Skin alone can be harvested as perforator flap (TAP flap)