Semin Plast Surg 2020; 34(03): 207-209
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1714290
Review Article

The Chimeric Propeller Flap

Geoffrey G. Hallock
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, St. Luke's Hospital–Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown, Pennsylvania
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A chimeric flap consists of multiple discrete tissues or flaps connected only by a common source vessel. Each component must have an independent source of circulation. Rotation of any included part only about its specific vascular supply, such as done with a propeller flap, would be possible. These characteristics, whereby the chimeric flap concept and propeller flap concept are combined, would result in a chimeric propeller flap. Such a choice will enhance overall flap insetting capabilities and versatility, while often limiting the reconstructive need to but a single donor site!

Publication History

Publication Date:
22 September 2020 (online)

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