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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 252-254

Role of trapezius turnover flap in complex posterior cervical wounds

Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Balikesir Atatürk City Hospital, Balıkesir, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bilgen Can
Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic, Balikesir Ataturk City Hospital, Balıkesir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjps.tjps_85_19

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The trapezius turnover muscle flap is a very useful and effective solution for complex wounds in the posterior cervical area after neurosurgical interventions. However, it is one of underused flaps in plastic surgery practice. The trapezius flap should be considered as the first choice when regional fasciocutaneous flap options are unavailable after radiotherapy and when patients are unsuitable for long-term microsurgical tissue transfer operations due to their age and general condition. The protection of the upper 1/3rd of the trapezius muscle during elevation of the flap could prevent the development of a drooping shoulder.

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