Treatment Of Complicated Major Trauma Of The Elbow And Forearm By The Musculo-Cutaneous Latissimus Dorsi Flap With A Skeletonized And Denervated Pedicle Academic Article uri icon


  • Major complicated injuries of the upper limb that once led to amputation are now being successfully salvaged. The goals of treatment in such cases are rigid fixation of fractures, reliable stable coverage of important structures, preservation of function and an acceptable cosmetic result. There is no consensus in the literature regarding the treatment strategy of upper limb trauma with damage distal to the olecranon. The latissimus dorsi musulocutaneous flap is often used for upper limb reconstruction for functional elbow restoration following different sorts of injures [1-5].We report two cases of major trauma of the elbow and forearm distal to the olecranon, that have been successfully treated by skeletonized, pedicled, denervated latissimus dorsi musculo-cutaneous flaps.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009