The Chimeric Propeller Flap

Semin Plast Surg. 2020 Aug;34(3):207-209. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1714290. Epub 2020 Sep 22.


A chimeric flap consists of multiple discrete tissues or flaps connected only by a common source vessel. Each component must have an independent source of circulation. Rotation of any included part only about its specific vascular supply, such as done with a propeller flap, would be possible. These characteristics, whereby the chimeric flap concept and propeller flap concept are combined, would result in a chimeric propeller flap . Such a choice will enhance overall flap insetting capabilities and versatility, while often limiting the reconstructive need to but a single donor site!

Keywords: chimeric flap; composite flap; perforator flap; propeller flap.

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