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Use of Retroauricular Temporal Flap for Large Post Oncosurgical Glabellar and Forehead Defects

Hemant Saraiya

Citation Information : Saraiya H. Use of Retroauricular Temporal Flap for Large Post Oncosurgical Glabellar and Forehead Defects. Int J Head Neck Surg 2011; 2 (2):83-86.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1057

Published Online: 01-12-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).



Reconstruction of large defect in glabellar and forehead areas poses a perplexing problem for a reconstructive surgeon. Although coverage of small defect can be straight forward, few options are available for the coverage of large area.

Materials and methods

Two patients were operated for recurrent basal cell carcinoma and dermatofibrosarcoma respectively. Excision left very large defect which was reconstructed by retroauricular temporal flap.


Both flaps survived completely. Flap cutting and final insetting was done on 21st day. The postoperative result was very satisfactory.


Retroauricular temporal (Washio) flap is a robust and reliable flap. It satisfactorily caters the need of the recipient area. The scars are oncologically and esthetically acceptable. We believe that this technique is a simple and effective solution to a difficult problem.

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