Turkish Neurosurgery 2019 , Vol 29 , Num 1
Comparison of Dorsal Intercostal Artery Perforator Propeller Flaps and Bilateral Rotation Flaps in Reconstruction of Myelomeningocele Defects
1Mersin University Hospital, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Mersin, Turkey
2Bahcesehir University, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey
3Mersin University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Mersin, Turkey
4Mersin University Hospital, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Information, Mersin, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.23058-18.1 AIM: To compare the complications and surgical outcomes between bilateral rotation flaps and dorsal intercostal artery perforator (DICAP) flaps in the soft tissue reconstruction of myelomeningocele defects.

MATERIAL and METHODS: Between January 2005 and February 2017, we studied 47 patients who underwent reconstruction of myelomeningocele defects. Patient demographics, operative data, and postoperative data were reviewed retrospectively and are included in the study.

RESULTS: We found no statistically significant differences in patient demographics and surgical complications between these two groups; this may be due to small sample size. With regard to complications?partial flap necrosis, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage, necessity for reoperation, and wound infection?DICAP propeller flaps were clinically superior to rotation flaps. Partial flap necrosis was associated with CSF leakage and wound infection, and CSF leakage was associated with wound dehiscence.

CONCLUSION: Although surgical outcomes obtained with DICAP propeller flaps were clinically superior to those obtained with rotation flaps, there was no statistically significant difference between the two patient groups. A well-designed comparative study with adequate sample size is needed. Nonetheless, we suggest using DICAP propeller flaps for reconstruction of large myelomeningocele defects. Keywords : Dorsal intercostal artery perforator flap, Myelomeningocele, Rotation flap, Surgery

Corresponding author : Goktekin TENEKECI, dr_tenekecig@hotmail.com