Emmett’s Hatchet Flap Retalho “em Machado” de Emmett

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Ermelindo Tavares - Corresponding Author

Estrada Carlos Lima Costa nº 2, Povos, 2600-009 Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal


INTRODUCTION: Emmett’s hatchet flap is a single or double triangular local rotation flap that allows the closure of small, medium and large defects in several skin areas.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four male patients with mean age of 78.8 years were submitted to wide excision of non-melanoma skin cancer (one basal cell carcinomas of the face and scalp, one porocarcinoma of the scalp and one atypical fibroxanthoma of the scalp), under local anesthesia, followed by the Emmett’s hatchet flap.
RESULTS: The average diameter of the surgical defects was 30 mm. The double hatchet flap was used in one case and the single hatchet flap in the remaining three patients. There were no postoperative complications. Functional and aesthetic results were very acceptable. Patients remain relapse-free at one year.
CONCLUSION: Emmett’s hatchet flap has proven to be a versatile, safe and effective surgical choice in all cases.

Keywords: Carcinoma, Basal Cell; Eccrine Porocarcinoma; Skin Neoplasms; Surgical Flaps

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Tavares E. Emmett’s Hatchet Flap: Retalho “em Machado” de Emmett. Gaz Med [Internet]. 2018 Dec. 27 [cited 2024 Jul. 22];5(4). Available from: https://gazetamedica.pt/index.php/gazeta/article/view/220

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