Aim: To observe the outcome of closure of wide based defects by various rotational flaps for meningomyelocele defects.
Study setting: Neurosurgery Department, Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Rahim yar khan
Duration: From Oct 2018 to Oct 2020,
Methodology: We included 15 patients with wide based myelomeningocele anomalies in the neurosurgery department, Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Rahim yar khan. Age ranged from four days to eight years. The flaw had a diameter of between 8x5cm and 12x8cm. Rotational flaps were used to restore soft tissue defects in all cases.
Result: In this study, we did posterior intercostal artery perforator flap(superiorly based) in 40% patients, double rotation flap (yin yang) in 26.7% patients, superior gluteal artery perforator flap in 20 % patients and z plasty in 13.3 % patients. Regarding complications, 2 (13.3%) individuals had a superficial wound dehiscence. One individual (6.7%) developed necrosis of the distal portion of the flap, which was conventionally handled. Postoperatively, no neurosurgical problem occurred. After an average of 6 months, no patient experienced reappearance or dural sac herniation.
Conclusion: Restoration of large meningomyelocele defects using local rotational flaps is a secure and reliable approach for abnormalities in the lumbosacral region.
Keywords: Meningomyelocele, rotational flaps