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perforator flap


Definition: a free flap that is based on vessels that “perforate” or penetrate and traverse a muscle before piercing the fascia to reach the skin. Because the donor vessels have traversed muscle before reaching the fascia, a longer vascular pedicle can be dissected.

See Also: fasciocutaneous flap

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