Sternocleidomastoid musculocutaneous flap: A viable option to seal off the post traumatic fistulas of neck

2017 Indian Journal of Anatomy and Surgery of Head Neck and Brain  
Pharyngo/laryngo-cutaneous fistula in the neck is a troublesome complication after penetrating injuries. The objective of this report is to describe the utility of a sternocleidomastoid musculocutaneous flap as a viable tissue buttress for repairing a frank clinical fistula following penetrating injuries to the neck. Materials and Method: The procedure was done in three consecutive patients who clinically presented with fistulous communication of either pharynx or larynx. The etiology in all
more » ... etiology in all the patients was penetrating injury to the neck. Results: There was no recurrence of leakage in the postoperative period. All the patients had good aesthetic results and could take liquids & solids well. Conclusion: Sternocleidomastoid musculocutaneous flap is a good, locally available option to seal off the post traumatic fistula.
doi:10.18231/2455-846x.2017.0009 fatcat:726x4m6hhjez7hshdm3qqzvq3q