Chirurgia plastica

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 171–176 | Cite as

Arterialization of epigastric skin flaps in rabbits

  • J. Hußmann
  • E. Vaubel


This preliminary experimental investigation revealed that arterial blood supply via the inferior epigastric vein (reversed blood flow) nourished an epigastric skin flap well enough to survive. Histological examinations showed no differences between skin of the flap and normal skin (Figs. 4, 5). Free nonvascularised skin flaps (group 1) showed necroses and secondary wound healing. However, the question remains unsolved whether or not the blood flow is “re-reversed” again postoperatively and how circulation of the flap stabilizes after the first postoperative days.

Key words

Arterialization of skin flaps AV-fistula Reversed blood flow Epigastric flaps Rabbits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Hußmann
    • 1
  • E. Vaubel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic Surgery at the Behring-KrankenhausBerlin 37Germany

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