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Scapular Free Flap Reconstruction of Pharyngoesophageal defects
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  • Shaum Sridharan,
  • Vaibhav Ramprasad,
  • Robert Keller,
  • Terry Day,
  • Eric J. Lentsch,
  • Judith Skoner
Shaum Sridharan
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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Vaibhav Ramprasad
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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Robert Keller
Medical University of South Carolina
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Terry Day
Medical University of South Carolina
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Eric J. Lentsch
Medical University of South Carolina
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Judith Skoner
Medical University of South Carolina
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• Scapular and parascapular free tissue transfer (SFTT) is a well described reconstructive option for the head and neck. Majority of reported outcomes are of reconstruction of oromandibular and midface defects. The aim was to describe one institution’s experience with SFTT for reconstruction of PE defects. • This study was a retrospective review of patients undergoing SFTT for head and neck defects between 2009 and 2014 at a tertiary center. The cohort included patients undergoing reconstruction of PE defects with at least 6 months follow up. Seventeen patients (13 male and 4 female) met inclusion criteria. Surgical outcomes, speech, voice outcomes, swallowing outcomes, enteral feeding and tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) usage were evaluated. • Two of 17 patients developed pharyngocutaneous fistulas (PCF) as inpatients. There was one major medical complication (pulmonary embolism) and 7 minor complications. Mean hospital length of stay was 15.7 days (SD 8.2). In post-operative setting, only one patient remained PEG-dependent, 11 patients supplemented oral intake with PEG feeds and 5 patients took nutrition solely by mouth. Four patients utilized written communication exclusively, 6 patients pursued TEP placement and 7 utilized electrolarynx. • The SFTT is a viable option for hypopharyngeal reconstruction. All scapula free tissue transfers remained viable for the duration of our review. Post-operative PCF rate were comparable to that reported after laryngectomy.

Peer review status:Published

03 Aug 2020Submitted to Clinical Otolaryngology
04 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
04 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
30 Oct 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
14 Nov 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
06 Dec 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
23 Dec 20201st Revision Received
05 Jan 2021Submission Checks Completed
05 Jan 2021Assigned to Editor
10 Jan 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
01 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 Mar 2021Editorial Decision: Accept
02 Apr 2021Published in Clinical Otolaryngology. 10.1111/coa.13777