Nasolabial flap reconstruction in oral cancer
Department of Surgical Oncology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 221005, India
World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2012, 10:227 doi:10.1186/1477-7819-10-227Published: 30 October 2012
The nasolabial flap is a simple flap used for reconstructing small intraoral defects created after the excision of malignant tumors.
A retrospective analysis of 26 cases of oral cancer treated with primary excision and nasolabial flap reconstruction was carried out. In 22 cases, the excision was combined with neck dissection and facial artery ligation.
Good cosmetic and functional results were obtained in almost all cases. Wound dehiscence developed in three patients, while one patient developed a persistent orocutaneous fistula. Disease recurrence occurred in one patient.
The nasolabial flap is a good flap for the reconstruction of small oral defects after excision of primary tumors and results in good overall cosmetic and functional outcome.