Soft palate reconstruction after radionecrosis: Combined anterolateral thigh adipofascial and nasoseptal flaps

Joseph Zenga, Jeffrey D. Sharon, Jennifer Gross, Jay Gantz, Patrik Pipkorn

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Abstract

Although radiation-based treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer may achieve excellent long term oncologic results, late effects of therapy may lead to soft tissue radionecrosis and velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). Repair of these oro- and nasopharyngeal defects presents a complex reconstructive challenge. We present a case of a long-term survivor treated with chemoradiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer who developed progressive dysphagia, velopharyngeal insufficiency, and radionecrosis of the nasopharynx and soft palate, leading to tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube dependence. A staged reconstruction was performed, initially with a tubed nasoseptal flap for a creation of a mucosal-lined nasopharyngeal port. An adipofascial anterolateral thigh free flap was subsequently performed for soft palate reconstruction. Within 2 months, the oropharyngeal reconstruction had remucosalized and she was decannulated, taking an oral diet. Her speech was intelligible and she had good nasal breathing without symptoms of velopharyngeal insufficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-879
Number of pages5
JournalAuris Nasus Larynx
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Anterolateral thigh flap
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Nasoseptal flap
  • Oropharyngeal reconstruction
  • Radionecrosis

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