The biceps brachii muscle flap for axillary wound coverage

Todd M. Willcox, Sumeet S. Teotia, Anthony A. Smith, Jeffery M. Rawlings

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Abstract

A nonhealing, irradiated axillary wound was closed with an ipsilateral biceps brachii muscle flap covered with a full-thickness skin graft. This patient's surgical options were limited by a compromised blood supply to the traditional muscle flaps of the subscapular artery axis and radiation vasculitis of the surrounding tissues. In addition, brachial plexopathy and functional loss of the upper extremity provided expendable soft-tissue alternatives for muscle flaps. The specific anatomy of, the indications for use, and harvest of a biceps brachii muscle flap are presented. In the setting of a nonfunctional upper extremity or impending limb loss, the biceps brachii muscle flap offers excellent coverage of proximal upper extremity or axillary wounds with minimal donor site morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-826
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume110
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

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Muscles
Upper Extremity
Wounds and Injuries
Brachial Plexus Neuropathies
Vasculitis
Anatomy
Extremities
Arteries
Tissue Donors
Radiation
Morbidity
Transplants
Skin

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Willcox, T. M., Teotia, S. S., Smith, A. A., & Rawlings, J. M. (2002). The biceps brachii muscle flap for axillary wound coverage. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 110(3), 822-826.

The biceps brachii muscle flap for axillary wound coverage. / Willcox, Todd M.; Teotia, Sumeet S.; Smith, Anthony A.; Rawlings, Jeffery M.

In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 110, No. 3, 01.09.2002, p. 822-826.

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Willcox, TM, Teotia, SS, Smith, AA & Rawlings, JM 2002, 'The biceps brachii muscle flap for axillary wound coverage', Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol. 110, no. 3, pp. 822-826.
Willcox, Todd M. ; Teotia, Sumeet S. ; Smith, Anthony A. ; Rawlings, Jeffery M. / The biceps brachii muscle flap for axillary wound coverage. In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2002 ; Vol. 110, No. 3. pp. 822-826.
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