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Title: Labia Majora Share
Authors: Lee H.
Yap Y.L. 
Low J.J.H.
Lim J. 
Keywords: Carcinoma, Squamous cell
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Publisher: Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Citation: Lee H., Yap Y.L., Low J.J.H., Lim J. (2017-01-01). Labia Majora Share. Archives of Plastic Surgery 44 (1) : 80-84. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Defects involving specialised areas with characteristic anatomical features, such as the nipple, upper eyelid, and lip, benefit greatly from the use of sharing procedures. The vulva, a complex 3-dimensional structure, can also be reconstructed through a sharing procedure drawing upon the contralateral vulva. In this report, we present the interesting case of a patient with chronic, massive, localised lymphedema of her left labia majora that was resected in 2011. Five years later, she presented with squamous cell carcinoma over the left vulva region, which is rarely associated with chronic lymphedema. To the best of our knowledge, our management of the radical vulvectomy defect with a labia majora sharing procedure is novel and has not been previously described. The labia major flap presented in this report is a shared flap; that is, a transposition flap based on the dorsal clitoral artery, which has consistent vascular anatomy, making this flap durable and reliable. This procedure epitomises the principle of replacing like with like, does not interfere with leg movement or patient positioning, has minimal donor site morbidity, and preserves other locoregional flap options for future reconstruction. One limitation is the need for a lax contralateral vulva. This labia majora sharing procedure is a viable option in carefully selected patients. � 2017 The Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
Source Title: Archives of Plastic Surgery
ISSN: 22346163
DOI: 10.5999/aps.2017.44.1.80
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