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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361


MEYER, E.; LIEBENBERG, S. J. R.  and  FAGAN, J. J.. Buccal fat pad - a simple, underutilised flap. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2012, vol.50, n.2, pp.47-49. ISSN 2078-5151.

The pedicled buccal fat pad is a reliable flap for the repair of small oral defects. It is durable, easy to harvest, and should be considered in settings where access to free flaps is limited and in cases where previous flaps have failed. We discuss a case in which this flap was used successfully for closure of an oro-antral fistula. The indications, anatomy and techniques of successful harvest are discussed.

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