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Use of Vascularized Muscle Flaps in the Healing of Compromised Wounds

Eric M. Genden, MD1,2,3
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1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
2Department of Neurosurgery, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
3The Head and Neck Cancer Center, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(11):1162. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.2765.
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The article titled “The Impact of Pharyngeal Closure Technique on Fistula After Salvage Laryngectomy” by Patel et al1 is a retrospective review of 350 patients from 8 institutions, who underwent salvage laryngectomy after radiotherapy and/or chemoradiotherapy. The authors stratified patients into 3 groups according to pharyngotomy closure technique. The closure types included (1) primary closure, (2) closure using a fasciocutaneous free flap, and (3) closure using a pectoralis myofascial onlay flap.

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