Background: Stomal recurrence after total laryngectomy is 1 of the most serious issues in head and neck surgery, both because of the complexity of its management and because of its morbidity. Prior to the introduction of free-tissue transfer, mediastinal tracheostomy has been the standard reconstructive procedure with high rate of complications. The ideal reconstructive solution to these problems must provide well-vascularized soft tissues that can cover the defect after resection and also allow suturing of the tracheal remnant to skin edges without tension.
Methods and results: We describe a case of a 56-year-old man with stomal recurrence after total laryngectomy treated by the use of a tubed anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap to elongate the shortened trachea and simultaneously cover the cervical skin defect.
Conclusions: The ALT can be accepted as an ideal free-flap choice for stomal recurrence, because it has maximal reconstructive capacity and produces minimal donor-site morbidity.
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