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Reconstruction after tumor removal

Updated: May 10, 2021

The patient presented with a rare soft tissue tumor (dermatofibrosarcoma) that required surgical removal. As a result, a large defect developed, exposing muscles and thoracic bones that required new soft tissue coverage.

A muscular flap was harvested from the pectoral muscle, as well as a split thickness skin draft from the patient's thigh, for reconstruction.

The muscle is positioned beneath the skin graft (sandwiched) in order to vascularize the skin graft above it. A compressive dressing was required to improve the chances of a successful skin graft survival.

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