The peroneus brevis flap in the treatment of bone infections of the lower limb

Andrea Antonini,Carlo Rossello,Carlo Salomone,Giovanni Riccio,Lamberto Felli,Giorgio Burastero

Clinica di Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova, Italy


The Peroneus Brevis Flap is a described option for the soft tissue coverage and for small bone gap reconstruction in the lower third of the lower leg, where few other local flaps are available and reliable.

We analysed retrospectively a case series of 11 consecutive patients whose age ranged from 31 to 87 years (mean 56), who underwent a reconstruction with a PB flap in the treatment of post-traumatic bone infections from October 2010 to February 2012.

In our series, only one patient at a 3 year minimum follow-up showed recurrence of the bone infection and required further surgical treatment. Main complications were partial flap necrosis or overlying skin graft necrosis, but without the need of secondary surgery.

In our experience, the PB flap is a reliable option for soft tissue coverage in the treatment of distal leg and ankle osteomyelitis.

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