VOLUME 33 - NUMBER 6-7 - 2012

Vacuum-assisted closure treatment of leg skin necrosis after angiographic embolization of a giant plexiform neurofibroma

  • Cavallaro G., Pedullà G., Crocetti D., D'Ermo G., Giustini S., Calvieri S., De Toma G.
  • Methods, Techniques, Drugs, 239-242
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  • Type 1 neurofibromatosis is a relatively common inherited disease of the nervous system, with a frequency of almost 1 in 3000. It is associated with neurofibromas of various sites. Our case report is about the surgical management of a giant neurofibroma of the right gluteal fold in a 46-year-old male with NF1. The patient presented with increasing edema and accelerated growth of the mass; he underwent percutaneous embolization of lesion vessels that induced necrosis of the neurofibroma. The patient was taken to the operating room, where surgical resection of the bulk of the lesion was undertaken. The postoperative course was complicated by delayed wound closure managed with antibiotics and vacuum-assisted wound closure. Giant neurofibromas similar to this tumor require complex preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management strategies. Surgical debulk is best managed with preoperative percutaneous embolization that help to avoid surgical bleeding. Postoperative delayed wound closure was managed with the application of negative pressure in a closed environment that triggers granulation and tissue formation.

  • KEY WORDS: Vacuum-Assisted Closure - Neurofibromatosis.