Journal article

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUPERFICIAL VENOUS ANATOMY OF THE ABDOMINAL WALL IN PLANNING A SUPERFICIAL INFERIOR EPIGASTRIC ARTERY (SIEA) FLAP: CASE REPORT AND CLINICAL STUDY

Warren M Rozen, Daniel Chubb, Iain S Whitaker, Mark W Ashton

MICROSURGERY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011

Abstract

The importance of the venous drainage of the anterior abdominal wall to free tissue transfer in deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap surgery has been highlighted in several recent publications in this journal, however the same attention has not been given to superficial inferior epigastric artery (SIEA) flaps, in which the flap necessarily relies on the superficial venous drainage. We describe a unique case, in which the presence of two superficial inferior epigastric veins (SIEVs) draining into separate venous trunks was identified. The use of only one trunk led to a well-demarcated zone of venous congestion. A clinical study was also conducted, assessing 200 hemiabdominal walls ..

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