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Minerva Chirurgica 2008 December;63(6):541-5

language: English

Chest wall and hemidiaphragm reconstruction with Gore-Tex mesh and omolateral latissimus dorsi flap. A case report

Benzo L. 1, Datta G. 1, Pau S. 1, Oliaro E. 2, Mossetti C. 2, Ruffini E. 2, Filosso P. L. 2, Cristofori R. 2, Oliaro A. 2

1 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery University of Turin, Turin, Italy
2 Department of Thoracic Surgery University of Turin, Turin, Italy


There are various method of reconstruction when chest wall resection is performed for the treatment of tumors of the chest wall. In this case a chest wall resection and reconstruction was performed using an omolateral latissimus dorsi flap, together with Gore-Tex mesh. A 42-year-old woman was diagnosed as having a huge low grade chondrosarcoma and underwent surgical resection which interested the anterior chest wall from the level of the IV to X rib and the right hemidiaphragm. Gore-Tex mesh was fixed to the residual chest wall and an ipsilateral pedicled latissimus dorsi muscle flap was placed on the alloplastic mesh. The patient was discharged from the hospital 17 days postoperatively. The postoperative course was uneventful and the wound was fine.

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