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Bilateral axillary skin fold flaps used for dorsal thoracic skin wound closure in a dog : clinical communication

B. G. Nevill
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 81, No 1 | a98 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v81i1.98 | © 2010 B. G. Nevill | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2010 | Published: 03 May 2010

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Abstract

A 10-year-old greyhound-cross dog was presented with a large, chronic skin wound extending over the interscapular region. The substantial skin defect was closed by making use of bilateral axillary skin fold flaps. It was possible to elevate the 2 skin flaps sufficiently to allow them to meet at the dorsal midline and thus facilitate complete closure of a large and awkwardly positioned wound. Small dorsal areas of the skin flaps underwent necrosis, but the resulting defects were closed without difficulty in a subsequent procedure. To the author's knowledge, this is the 1st clinical report of the use of bilateral axillary skin fold flaps in this fashion and describes an additional use of a versatile skin flap procedure.

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