Chirurgia plastica

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 165–169 | Cite as

Reconstruction of aorta and atrium by intercostal muscle flap

  • Ch. Papp
  • G. Klima
  • J. B. McCraw


Intercostal muscle flaps were used with rabbits to reconstruct full thickness defects of thoracic aorta and the auricle of the atrium of the heart. Repair was achieved by the muscle flap, which provided good structural support with formation of elastic tissue and cartilage. The pleural surface of the muscle was completely endothelialized by the adjacent intima. The significance of the elastic fibers appearing in this patch is discussed.

Key words

Aorta Auricle of the heart Intercostal muscle flap Defects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ch. Papp
    • 1
  • G. Klima
    • 2
  • J. B. McCraw
    • 3
  1. 1.Consultant in Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryLienzAustria
  2. 2.Department of HistologyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  3. 3.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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