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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 1990;7(1):173-179.
DOI:    Published online June 30, 1990.
Reconstruction of Midface Defect with Latissimus Dorsi Myocutaneous Free Flap.
Jeong Cheol Kim, Sang Hyun Woo, Tae Hoon Lee, See Ho Choi, Jung Hyun Seul
We report 2 cases of midface defect reconstructed with latissimus dorsi myocutaneous free flap. In these cases, the main points to cover the defects were as follows: 1. For the contour of zygoma and maxilla, it was well preserved without bone graft which was not used for second stage reconstruction. In first case, for application of artificial eyes and in second case, for operation after full development. 2. For the drainage of paranasal sinuses, we made the nostril with skin graft, and it was well preserved without any complications during follow up. 3. It was sufficient to cover the defect with latissimus dorsi muscle well designed before surgery and thick enough to fill the defect. 4. In second case, the remained defect of palate and maxilla was not covered for the appropriate reconstructions after full development. In conclusions, we experienced two cases of midface defect reconstructed with latissimus dorsi myocutaneous free flap without any complication and with good results.
Key Words: midface defect, latissimus dorsi free flap


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