Use of Skin Stretchers to Elongate a Peninsular Thoracodorsal Axial Pattern Flap for Antebrachial Wound Closure in a Dog

  • Holt D
  • Runge J
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OBJECTIVE: To describe preoperative use of skin stretchers to elongate a peninsular thoracodorsal axial pattern flap to close a large antebrachial wound on a dog.

STUDY DESIGN: Case report.

ANIMALS: A 21 kg, 7-year-old, male intact mixed breed dog.

METHODS: Two skin stretchers were applied to the site of the thoracodorsal axial pattern flap 4 days before surgery. The elastic cables connecting the adhesive pads were tightened daily to increase the skin available for a peninsular thoracodorsal axial pattern flap, which was created and rotated 180° to cover an antebrachial defect to a level 2 cm proximal to the carpus.

RESULTS: The entire flap survived; there was a small amount of incisional separation at the distal margin of the flap that healed without further treatment.

CONCLUSION: Preoperative skin stretching provided additional skin for the axial pattern flap used.

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  • David E. Holt

  • Jeffrey Runge

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