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Background: Hand is one of the most commonly involved areas in burn injury, resulting in contracture.1 Reconstruction of severe postburn hand deformity is very challenging. Because there is no adjacent skin laxity to allow for local flaps in the burned hand, distant or free flaps should be considered. 2 Application of the thin anterolateral thigh flap in hand reconstruction has become one of the most preferred options for resurfacing of soft-tissue defects after contracture release. 3 Other than closing the defect after contracture release, restoration of hand function is also essential.
Patient and Methods: In 2010, a man, 37 years old presented with severe contracture on the right hand due to an explosive flame burn 1,5 years ago. On the right hand, there was hyperextension at the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint with flexion on the wrist and thumb abduction with hyperextension at the interphalangeal joint. Our goal is to reconstruct this severe hand burn deformity using thin ALT free flap with flap thickness 4 mm to achieved good hand contour.
Results: The thin ALT free flap was vital, and 1-year follow-up gives good hand contours. Patient under rehabilitation therapy from 2 weeks postoperative to attain good functional hand.
Summary: A thin anterolateral thigh free flap gives good alternative for resurfacing defect in reconstruction of burn hand than other fasciocutaneous flaps. The advantage are it provides the same color and texture, thin and pliable flap to form good hand contour.
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