Fascia Lata Free Flap Anastomosed to the Superior Trochlear System for Reconstruction of the Anterior Skull Base

Camilo Reyes, C. Arturo Solares, Michael A. Fritz, Michael Groves, Heather Bentley

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Objectives This study aims to introduce a novel technique for the reconstruction of the anterior skull base using a free vascularized anterolateral thigh fascia lata free flap (FLFF) anastomosed to the superior trochlear artery (STA). Methods The diameter of the STA was measured in 38 (76 sides) computed tomography angiographies (CTAs). Independently, six cadaver heads were used to measure the diameter of the supratrochlear system, and the model was applied to one of them. Results In women, the average diameter of the STA was 2.5 and 2.8 mm 2 for the right and left sides, respectively; for men, it was 3.0 and 3.2 mm 2, respectively. In cadavers, the average diameter of both STA was 2.5 mm 2. There was no statistical difference when comparing the right and left STA diameters between the CTA from women and men (p < 0.208 and < 0.492, respectively). An FLFF advanced through the nose was anastomosed to the STA to reconstruct the anterior skull base. Conclusion The STA is a constant vessel with a 2.5 to 3.0 mm 2 diameter in men and women that can be used as a recipient free flap vessel. The FLFF can cover the entire skull base. This is a novel method to reconstruct the anterior skull base when local flaps are not available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-398
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017



  • anterior skull base
  • anterolateral thigh fascia lata
  • free flap
  • the superior trochlear system

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  • Clinical Neurology

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