Image of the Week: An unusual wound reconstruction - Clinical Advisor

Image of the Week: An unusual wound reconstruction

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This patient was working on his car when the fender fell, pinning his hand for 30 minutes and crushing it. He had thick gloves on but still sustained third- and fourth- degree burns to the dorsum of his left hand and fingers.

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The treatment was a bipedicled abdominal flap to resurface the dorsal hand and fingers. A pedicled flap is a wound reconstruction that remains partially attached to the donor site and receives its blood supply through a stalk. These flaps can...

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The treatment was a bipedicled abdominal flap to resurface the dorsal hand and fingers. A pedicled flap is a wound reconstruction that remains partially attached to the donor site and receives its blood supply through a stalk. These flaps can be used in plastic and reconstructive surgery to cover exposed bone and tendon, major vessels, and organs.

Learn more here:

Chapter 2: Grafts and flaps. American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/medical-professionals/publications/Essentials-Chapter-2-Grafts-and-Flaps.pdf

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