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Journal of the South African Veterinary Association

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Abstract

NEVILL, B G. Bilateral axillary skin fold flaps used for dorsal thoracic skin wound closure in a dog. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. [online]. 2010, vol.81, n.1, pp. 58-61. ISSN 1019-9128.

A 10-year-old greyhound-cross dog was presented with a large, chronic skin wound extending over the interscapular region. The substantial skin defect was closed by making use of bilateral axillary skin fold flaps. It was possible to elevate the 2 skin flaps sufficiently to allow them to meet at the dorsal midline and thus facilitate complete closure of a large and awkwardly positioned wound. Small dorsal areas of the skin flaps underwent necrosis, but the resulting defects were closed without difficulty in a subsequent procedure. To the author's knowledge, this is the 1st clinical report of the use of bilateral axillary skin fold flaps in this fashion and describes an additional use of a versatile skin flap procedure.

Keywords : axillary skin fold flap; bilateral; dog; dorsal thoracic wound.

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