Routine preoperative colour Doppler duplex ultrasound scanning in anterolateral thigh flaps

Johanna Lichte, Jan Teichmann, Christina Loberg, Anita Kloss-Brandstaetter, Alexander Bartella, Timm Steiner, Ali Modabber, Frank Hoelzle, Bernd Lethaus*

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The anterolateral thigh flap (ALT) is often used to reconstruct the head and neck and depends on one or more skin perforators, which often present with variable anatomy. The aim of this study was to localise and evaluate the precise position of these perforators preoperatively with colour Doppler duplex ultrasound scanning (US). We detected 74 perforators in 30 patients. The mean duration of examination with colour Doppler was 29 (range 13-51) minutes. Adequate perforators and their anatomical course could be detected preoperatively extremely accurately (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-913
JournalBritish Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • ALT
  • Color Doppler Sonography
  • Ultrasound

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