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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 243--246

Scalp replantation in a cervical spine injury patient: Lessons learnt

Department of Plastic Surgery, Apollo Hospitals, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Vithal Malmande
Department of Plastic Surgery, Apollo Hospitals, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijps.IJPS_206_17

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Total scalp avulsion injury with cervical spine injury is rare. This article is to describe the technical difficulties and precautions to be taken during anatomical replantation. The patients with cervical spine injury should not be considered as an absolute contraindication for anatomical replant if patients are fit for general anaesthesia. We found that the supratrochlear and supraorbital vessels which are anterior and superficial temporal vessels which are lateral can be used to replant without much technical difficulty. We conclude that anatomical replant is always better keeping in mind the technical limitations of anatomical replant in case of cervical spine injury.


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