Reconstruction of lower extremity close-range shotgun injuries with gracilis free flap: a report of two cases

Acarturk T. O.

ULUSAL TRAVMA VE ACIL CERRAHI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF TRAUMA & EMERGENCY SURGERY, vol.16, no.4, pp.367-370, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Close-range shotgun injury to the lower extremity is a devastating problem and is a challenge to the surgeon. Point-blank shotgun injuries to the extremities create a typical wound that is deep but not wide. These wounds almost always need to be treated with local or distant tissue transfer. We report two cases of shotgun injury to the lower extremity at point-blank range, which were treated using debridement, vacuum-assisted closure and free gracilis muscle flap transfer.