Free flap reconstruction following lower leg trauma in the presence of rhabdomyolysis

Orthopaedic Surgery; Plastic Surgery
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2010.0009
10
34-37
Free flap reconstruction following lower leg trauma in the presence of rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis is considered a relative contra-indication to free tissue transfer because of the formation of free radicals that cause endothelial damage to the microcirculation. We describe the case of a young man who required free tissue transfer coverage of a large open fracture of his right tibia and fibula. This was performed successfully in the presence of rhabdomyolysis.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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