Scalp and skull defects can be very difficult to reconstruct. Whereas small defects may require only primary closure, skin graft, or small rotation flaps, large defects involving full-thickness scalp can be much more problematic. These large defects may require free-tissue transfer for adequate soft-tissue coverage. The calvaria also may require reconstruction. If the underlying bone is not infected, it can be left in situ and covered with well-vascularized tissue. The bone should be removed only if it is infected. Calvarial reconstruction should then be delayed for 3 to 6 months. If the tissue has been irradiated, only selected defects are appropriate for coverage with local scalp flaps because adjacent tissues may have underlying damage. With a methodic, accurate assessment of the detect, successful reconstruction can be expected.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Clinics in Plastic Surgery|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1995|
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