Temporoparietal fascial free flap: A systematic review

Sydney R. Horen, Alireza Hamidian Jahromi, Petros Konofaos

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The temporoparietal fascial flap (TPFF) is a versatile tool used in head and neck reconstructive surgeries as well as distal upper and lower extremity reconstructions. Depending on the anatomical location and characteristics of the recipient site soft tissue defects, harvesting techniques for TPFF retrieval may include elevation as a pedicle or a free flap, inclusion of the temporalis muscle and/or adjacent calvarial bone as a composite flap. The TPFF as a free flap is not only used for soft tissue coverage of various defects, and it can be used as a joint gliding surface with coverage of nerve and tendons after repair or trauma. This article includes a systematic search of the medical literature for indications, historical background, techniques, current perspective, and complications along with the pros and cons of the free TPFF compared with other potential reconstructive options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E189-E200
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Free flap
  • Implications
  • Reconstruction
  • Systematic review
  • Temporoparietal flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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