Extensor hallucis brevis tendon transfer for the correction of drop toe deformity after dorsalis pedis tendocutaneous free flap harvest

Atsushi Imaizumi, Hideki Kadota, Kunihiro Ishida

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Abstract

The dorsalis pedis tendocutaneous (DPTC) free flap is an ideal option for the reconstruction of the combined defect of the dorsal hand skin andmultiple extensor tendons, whereas it possess not only soft tissue problems, but also symptomatic drop toe deformity in the donor site. We have corrected this drop toe deformity with a tendon transfer technique, using the extensor hallucis brevis muscle, which was preserved during the DPTC free flap harvest. The donor site exposing the transferred tendons was covered with another thin free flap. Two cases that underwent this technique exhibited satisfactory alignment and active extension of the toes. This tendon transfer technique combined with free flap coverage overcomes almost all the problems in the donor site of the DPTC free flap, achieving excellent contours of both the dorsal hand and the foot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-331
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Volume76
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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