Journal article

Reviewing the vascular supply of the anterior abdominal wall: Redefining anatomy for increasingly refined surgery

WM Rozen, MW Ashton, GI Taylor

CLINICAL ANATOMY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

The abdominal wall integument is becoming the standard donor tissue for postmastectomy breast reconstruction, with its vascular supply of key importance to the reconstructive surgeon. Refinements in tissue transfer, from pedicled to free flaps and musculocutaneous to perforator flaps, have required increasing understanding of finer levels of this vascular anatomy. The widespread utilization of the deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEA) perforator flap, particularly for breast reconstruction, has rekindled clinical interest in further levels of anatomical detail, in particular the location and course of the musculocutaneous perforators of the DIEA. Advances in operative techniques, and anatom..

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