Correlation between vessel diameters of superficial and deep inferior epigastric systems: Doppler ultrasound assessment


AYHAN M. S. , ÖZHAN OKTAR S., Tuncer S., YÜCEL C., Kandal S., Demirtas Y.

JOURNAL OF PLASTIC RECONSTRUCTIVE AND AESTHETIC SURGERY, vol.62, no.9, pp.1140-1147, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.bjps.2008.02.012
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF PLASTIC RECONSTRUCTIVE AND AESTHETIC SURGERY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1140-1147
  • Keywords: Perforator flaps, Breast reconstruction, Deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap, Superficial inferior epigastric vein, Doppler ultrasound, Body mass index, BREAST RECONSTRUCTION, PERFORATOR FLAP, TRAM FLAPS, VASCULAR TERRITORIES, DIEP FLAPS, STRENGTH, OBESE
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Background: The deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEAP) flap is a technically demanding procedure and the dissection is directly influenced by the size of the perforator vessels. There is a common belief that the size of the superficial inferior epigastric vein (SIEV) is inversely proportional to the perforators from the deep inferior epigastric system. To investigate the validity of this hypothesis, we evaluated and compared the diameters of the SIEV and deep inferior epigastric perforator vessels (DIEP-A and DIEP-V).