The indications and complications of pectoralis major myocutaneous flap reconstruction in head and neck surgery - Our experience

S. Sharma, P. S.N. Murty, P. Hazarika, D. R. Nayak, S. Sharma

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Most of the head and neck cancer patients in India present to the Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck surgeon in the advanced stages of their disease. Extensive resection followed by acceptable morphological and functional reconstruction is the goal for the surgeon. Use of the pectoralis major myocutaneous (PMMC) flap enables extensive ablative procedures to be carried out followed by immediate and reliable reconstruction. Thirty consecutive cases of biopsy proven squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck region were studied. All underwent extensive resection of the tumour with pectoralis major myocutaneous flap reconstruction, with pre- or post- operative external irradiation. This study concentrates on the indications for and complications encountered with the use of the pectoralis major myocutaneous flap. Also included is an extensive review of the literature relating to the complications encountered with the use of this method of reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-367
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-1998


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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