Ipsilateral Cervicodeltopectoral Flap: A Forgotten Technique, Revival in the Era of Microvascular Reconstruction

Nawaz Usman, Punit Singh Dikhit, Naveena A.N. Kumar, Preethi S. Shetty, Keshava Rajan, V. N.R. Vittamsetti, Diksha Dinker, Anmi Jose

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Oral cavity cancer is one of the most common cancers in India responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in Indian subcontinent. Majority of cases present in advanced stages which requires extensive reconstruction following tumor resection. Microvascular free flap reconstruction is now considered standard of care for reconstruction for major head and neck skin-mucosal defects but, many factors still act as hindrance like patient’s comorbidities, long operating hours for microvascular reconstruction, logistic and financial issues from patient’s side. In such situation it is better to have a backup plan for reconstruction of major head and neck defects using pedicled flaps. Pectoralis major myocutaneous (PMMC) flap has been the workhorse flap for head and neck reconstruction since its introduction four decades ago. But relying too much on PMMC flap for major skin-mucosal defects especially in female patients is associated with complications and risk for flap failure leading to catastrophic and significant patient morbidities. Our study involves the use of two flaps for head and neck reconstuction involving skin-mucosal defects i.e PMMC flap for mucosal defect and cervicodeltopectoral (CDP) flap for skin defect. As of now there has been no retrospective or prospective study done which has given a conclusive statement regarding use of these two flaps simultaneously for head and neck reconstruction to the best of our knowledge. In our experience from the present study, CDP flap offers an excellent alternative for extensive head and neck reconstruction and can be readily included in the surgeon’s armamentarium with proper planning and meticulous handling.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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