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    Neck contractures after burn injuries produce restrictions in motion and unacceptable aesthetic outcomes. Although different methods of reconstruction have been used in the treatment of this ailment, a limited and unsatisfactory outcome often results. Free thin anterolateral flaps have been found to be a good single stage option for reconstruction of post-burn contractures of the neck. In our study, 11 patients with post flame burn contractures of the neck underwent surgical release and coverage by a free thin anterolateral thigh flap. Patients were followed up for an average of five years and various aspects of functional and aesthetic rehabilitation were assessed. Our findings revealed that the free thin anterolateral flaps covered the defects over anterior and lateral aspects of the neck with good colour match and contour. Furthermore, none of the flaps had any significant early or delayed complications. Two cases had to be reoperated for partial loss of flaps and all patients were satisfied with functional and aesthetic outcomes. We therefore consider free thin anterolateral thigh flaps to provide a good single stage reconstruction for post-burn cervical contractures with good functional and aesthetic outcomes.


    A Sarkar, S Raghavendra, M G Jeelani Naiyer, D Bhattacharya, G Dutta, J Bain, J Asha. Free thin anterolateral thigh flap for post-burn neck contractures - a functional and aesthetic solution. Annals of burns and fire disasters. 2014 Dec 31;27(4):209-14

    PMID: 26336369

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