[Reliability of superficial temporal artery and vein as the recipient vessels in free flap transfers in head and neck region]

Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2009 Feb;44(2):94-6.
[Article in Chinese]

Abstract

Objective: To examine the reliability of superficial temporal artery and vein as the recipient vessels in free flap transfers in head and neck region.

Methods: From May 2001 to June 2008, 25 cases of head and neck reconstructions were performed by using the vessels in the temporal region as recipient vessels.

Results: Among the 25 recipient veins, 23 were superficial temporal veins, and 2 were deep temporal veins. The recipient arteries of all 25 free flaps were superficial temporal arteries. All the free flaps survived completely, without postoperative vessel thrombosis.

Conclusions: The superficial temporal artery and vein can be used as reliable recipient vessels in free flap transfers in head and neck region.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Free Tissue Flaps / blood supply*
  • Head / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microsurgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck / surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Temporal Arteries / transplantation*
  • Veins / transplantation*
  • Young Adult