Subacute and delayed period microsurgical management of traumatic extremity injuries in pediatric population

Arslan H., Cinar C., Bingol U. A., Yucel O. A.

MICROSURGERY, vol.32, no.7, pp.527-532, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/micr.22021
  • Journal Name: MICROSURGERY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.527-532
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of the present report is to evaluate the outcome of subacute and delayed period microsurgical reconstructions of traumatic extremity defects of the pediatric patients. Eighteen free tissue transfers had been performed in 18 patients. Patients ranged in age from 5 to 17 years of age and had a median age of 12.05 years. The time between trauma and free flap transfer varied between 8 and 86 days (mean, 30.8 days). Hospital stay ranged from 8 to 90 days, with a mean stay of 38.7 days. Postoperative complications were seen in 8 of 18 patients (44.4%). Re-exploration for venous thrombosis was necessary in two patients, and total flap loss occurred in one case. The average follow-up time was 34 months. One could conclude from our report and the reference literature that the frequently quoted dogma of a definitive defect closure within 7 days may have lost much of its justification. The final results obtained after delayed definitive soft tissue reconstruction compare favorably with results previously reported in the literature from patient groups whose wounds could be closed in the early period within 7 days. (c) 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Microsurgery, 2012.