ePlasty: Vol. 20
REVIEW
Latissimus Dorsi Flap in the Treatment of Thoracic Wall Defects After Medial Sternotomy
Adam Stepniewski, MD,a Joelle Krahlisch, MD,a Alexander Emmert, MD,b Ahmad-Fawad Jebran, MD,b Maximilian Schilderoth, MD,a Helen Synn, MD,a and Gunther Felmerer, MDa

aDivision of Plastic Surgery, Department of Trauma Surgery, Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery; and bDepartment of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany


Correspondence: gunther.felmerer@med.uni-goettingen.de

Adam Stepniewski and Joelle Krahlisch contributed equally to creation of the publication.
Keywords: median sternotomy, sternal infection, latissimus flap, surgical therapy, complications

Background: This study aimed to describe the subjective and objective results of the latissimus dorsi muscle flap and propose it as a reconstructive option for postoperative thoracic defects. Methods: A systematic search for cases with pedicle-based latissimus dorsi flaps performed after medial sternotomy was conducted, and all .......