The pedicled superficial temporalis fascial flap: a new method for reconstruction in otologic surgery

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 May;126(5):538-47. doi: 10.1067/mhn.2002.125114.


Objectives: Our goal was to describe a novel fascial flap of the temporal region and its use for reconstruction in otologic and neurotologic surgery.

Methods: The superficial temporalis fascia has an axial blood supply derived from the middle temporal artery and can be raised independently from the overlying temporoparietal fascia or the underlying deep temporalis fascia. This flap was used on 15 consecutive patients to solve a wide variety of reconstructive problems after otologic procedures.

Results: No additional morbidity was observed from the use of this flap. There were no complications related to the reconstruction. Adequate exposure for raising this flap was obtained using standard incisions for the otologic procedures. Follow-up ranges from 2 to 25 months.

Conclusions: This fascial flap provides a wide surface area of tissue on a narrow-based pedicle capable of a wide arc of rotation. It provides thin, pliable tissue that can be adapted to the needs of various reconstructive otologic/neurotologic problems.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ear Diseases / surgery*
  • Fasciotomy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Otologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surgical Flaps*
  • Temporal Arteries / surgery
  • Temporal Lobe / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome