Journal article

Establishing the case for CT angiography in the preoperative imaging of abdominal wall perforators

WM Rozen, MW Ashton, D Grinsell, DL Stella, TJ Phillips, GI Taylor

MICROSURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

Preoperative imaging of the donor site vasculature for deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEA) perforator flaps and other abdominal wall reconstructive flaps has become more commonplace. Abdominal wall computed tomography angiography (CTA) has been described as the most accurate and reproducible modality available for demonstrating the location, size, and course of individual perforators. We drew on our experience of 75 consecutive patients planned for DIEA-based flap surgery undertaking CTA at a single institution. Seven of these cases have been reported to highlight the utility of CTA for preoperative planning, emphasizing the unique information supplied by CTA that may influence operative ..

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