J Reconstr Microsurg 1985; 2(1): 7-12
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1007040

© 1985 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

Segmentally Innervated Latissimus Dorsi Muscle

Microsurgical Transfer for Facial ReanimationA. Lee Dellon1 , Susan E. Mackinnon2
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Publication History

Accepted for publication 1985

Publication Date:
08 March 2008 (online)


In spite of its reliable and long neurovascular pedicle, the latissimus dorsi muscle is generally considered unsuitable for facial reanimation, largely due to its size and bulk. We describe the anatomic dissections and clinical experience using a small segmentally innervated portion of the latissimus dorsi muscle to restore facial animation.