Karapandzic Flaps - Original Publication

The Karapandzic flap was described in 1974 after a 5-year case series of lip defect reconstruction. This journal club critiques the methods, results and conclusions of this landmark paper.
Karapandzic Flaps - Original Publication

Summary Card

Level of Evidence: 4 (Case Series)

Background
Karapandzic believed that current flap reconstructions of the lip were not suitable in irradiated tissues due to weak labial artery.

Methods
Over a 5-year period, patients with lower lip defects from 3.5-7cm were reconstructed with this flap.

Results
58 patients. No formal post-operative assessment. Some patients suffered from microstomia.

Conclusion
A reliable flap for large lower lip defects

Slides
There are no PowerPoint slides for this journal club due to the poor image quality of the original publication.

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