Columella reconstruction using double nasolabial flap and costal cartilage: A case report

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Total loss of columella causes significant aesthetic and functional deformities due to its important functions which provides assistance and extension to the nose pointer. Noma is described as one of the developed sources of total columellar loss, and is also contagious, with the ability to intensely damage facial tissues and immediate structures. However, the condition is predominantly suffered in Africa, with an estimation of 20 instances per 100,000 individuals. Furthermore, the reformation of a columellar disorder offers a complex process, due to the structural features of the location. A 24-year-old female patient with total columellar loss caused by Noma. We performed a two stage reconstruction. First, we used double nasolabial flaps to create a new columella. Second, we inserted costal cartilage and dermofat graft to support it. The double nasolabial flap demonstrated 100% survival. Both nasal airway and the final appearance showed functionally and cosmetically remarkable results. The nasolabial angle projected better than the preoperative measurement. The patient was satisfied. The patient was followed up until a year after surgery. The double nasolabial flaps combined with costal cartilage graft is one of the best surgical options to obtain astonishing columellar reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102213
JournalAnnals of Medicine and Surgery
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • Columella reconstruction
  • Double nasolabial flap
  • Noma


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