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Chirurgia plastica

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 181–186 | Cite as

Pectoralis major muscle flaps for closure of sternal defects

  • D. E. Tolhurst
  • P. A. Fredriksz
  • P. Kuypers
Article

Summary

A reliable and simple technique involving the use of pectoralis major muscle flaps is described for the closure of sternal and costal cartilage defects caused by debridement for chronic osteomyelitis following median sternotomy. No bone grafts, omentum flaps or skin grafts have been needed in more than 20 patients.

Key words

Pectoralis major muscle flap Sternum defects, closure 

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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. E. Tolhurst
    • 1
  • P. A. Fredriksz
    • 1
  • P. Kuypers
    • 1
  1. 1.Plastic Surgery DepartmentUniversity Hospital Rotterdam — DijkzigtGD RotterdamThe Netherlands

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