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Extension or combination of an autologous latissimus dorsi flap in breast reconstruction.

Journal article
Authors Jonas Lundberg
Published in Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery / Nordisk plastikkirurgisk forening [and] Nordisk klubb for handkirurgi
Volume 43
Issue 1
Pages 16-21
ISSN 0284-4311
Publication year 2009
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences
Pages 16-21
Language en
Keywords Adult, Female, Humans, Mammaplasty, methods, Mastectomy, Middle Aged, Surgical Flaps, Transplantation, Autologous
Subject categories Plastic surgery


The lateral thoracodorsal flap and the pedicled latissimus dorsi flap have been extensively described for breast reconstruction. In search of an alternative, non-microsurgical, autologous method of breast reconstruction we used both flaps combined to achieve adequate volume. The technique was used on three patients who had had a mastectomy at least two years previously. All flaps healed uneventfully with the appearance of an ordinary latissimus dorsi breast reconstruction. The method shows promising initial results and can be used as an alternative when reconstruction with autologous tissue is preferred.

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