Giant congenital melanocytic nevus of the upper extremity: Coverage with a pre-expanded pedicled thoracodorsal artery perforator flap and re-expanded transferred flap

Hyee Jae Yang, Sang Yoon Kang
2020 Archives of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery  
CASE REPORT Giant congenital melanocytic nevus of the upper extremity: Coverage with a pre-expanded pedicled thoracodorsal artery perforator flap and re-expanded transferred flap Giant congenital melanocytic nevi are rare, and it is recommended to excise due to the possibility of malignancy. Although tissue expansion for nevus removal involves multiple stages, the advantages of tissue expansion are known well. We report a case of a giant congenital melanocytic nevus of the upper extremity that
more » ... per extremity that extended from the elbow to the shoulder. This case was challenging due to the circumferential nature of the lesion, the lack of healthy skin, the need to ensure minimal scarring, and the desire to impact the patient's daily life as little as possible. The use of a pre-expanded thoracodorsal artery perforator (TDAP) flap and re-expansion of the transferred flap were considered most appropriate. A pre-expanded pedicled TDAP flap can be transferred to any anatomical region with its versatility. The re-expansion of the transferred flap ensures the health of the skin and minimizes donor site scarring. Here, we achieved the optimal outcome through the combined use of a pre-expanded pedicled TDAP flap and sequential re-expansion of the transferred flap in the treatment of a giant nevus of the upper extremity.
doi:10.14730/aaps.2019.01956 fatcat:d3rs32klczff7at2ikvuvmvah4