Application of the inner arm perforator flap in the management of axillary hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Alharbi M, Perignon D, Assaf N, Qassemyar Q, Elsamad Y, Sinna R

Axillary hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic and debilitating disease that primarily affects the axillae, perineum, and inframammary areas. Surgical removal of all the diseased skin constitutes the only efficient treatment. Covering an axillary fossa defect is challenging, due to the range of shoulder movement required. Indeed, shoulder movement may be compromised by scar contraction after inadequate surgery. The present study is the first to apply an inner arm perforator flap to the treatment of twelve axillary skin defects in 10 patients. The defect originated from extensive excision of recurrent hidradenitis suppurativa in the axilla. The technique used to cover the defect is a V-Y advancement flap or a propeller flap from the inner arm based on one to three perforators arising from the brachial artery or the superior ulnar collateral artery. The flap provides a tensionless wound closure and a generally unremarkable postoperative course in a short hospital stay. No major complications occurred. Two patients had minor delayed wound healing. Outcomes (including donor site morbidity, function and the cosmetic outcome) were very satisfactory in all cases. We consider that the inner arm perforator flap is a valuable new option for the reconstruction of axillary defects.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Annales de chirurgie plastique et esthetique
Journal Abbreviation: Ann Chir Plast Esthet
Journal Date Published: 2014-02-03

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 24290491
Article Source:
Lasted Revision: 2014-02-03

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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