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Simultaneous use of a lateral caudal and caudal superficial epigastric axial pattern flap for wound closure in a dog
  1. Matthew Simpson1,2 and
  2. Elizabeth Welsh1
  1. 1Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Speciality Hospital, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Hospital for Small Animals, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh, Roslin, Midlothian, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthew Simpson; simpson.matthew{at}


A dog presented following a suspected dog bite with a large area of necrotic skin centred over the caudo-dorsal lumbar area extending laterally to the left and right thigh and to the level of the vulva on the right side. This case report describes the successful use of a lateral caudal axial pattern flap (APF) used simultaneously with a caudal superficial epigastric APF to provide complete closure of the wound. Skin flap survival was 100% with no reported complications.

  • reconstruction surgery
  • soft tissue surgery
  • wound management
  • trauma
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  • Contributors MS wrote the manuscript. EW identified the case.

  • Funding The authors declare that there was no funding for this article from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to this case report are included in the article.

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