Novel use of unilateral galeopericranial flaps for closure of sino-orbital cutaneous fistulas

Vikas Mehta, Eran E. Alon, Daniel Buchbinder, Mark L. Urken

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Abstract

Sino-orbital cutaneous fistulas are a well-documented complication of orbital exenteration and sinonasal carcinoma resection. Challenges to successful closure of this common complication include complex anatomy, communication with sinonasal mucosa, persistent mucopurulent drainage, compromised wound healing due to previous irradiation, and wound infection. We describe a novel approach for closure of sino-orbital cutaneous fistulas in two patients using a galeopericranial flap. The galeopericranial flap is ideal due to its thin, pliable nature and predictable, abundant vascularity. Additionally, it obviates the need for a more cosmetically disfiguring closure. Although used successfully in a variety of skull base and ophthalmologic surgeries, the galeopericranial flap has not been previously described for closure of sino-orbital cutaneous fistulas. Both patients' defects have remained closed at follow-up with excellent cosmetic results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-781
Number of pages5
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume121
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Facial plastics
  • reconstructive surgery.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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