Reconstrucción nasal secundaria con injerto costal: caso clínico y revisión de la literatura


  • Tomás González A. Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile. Departamento de Cirugía
  • Sally Costa C. Universidad de Chile
  • Nicolás Espinoza C. Universidad de Chile
  • Cristián Erazo C. Departamento de Cirugía, Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile


Introduction: Secondary rhinoplasty, or reintervention, is a surgery on a previously operated nose, which represents a greater surgical challenge compared to primary rhinoplasty. The ideal is the use of autologous cartilage graft since it meets biocompatibility characteristics and resembles an ideal graft. The costal cartilage is a good alternative since it has characteristics similar to septal cartilage, with the advantage of offering a larger amount of material to work with and it does not deform over time. Clinical case: male, 31 years old, admitted due to a hit to the face with a blunt object. It evidenced complex facial fracture, with Le Fort I components on the right and Le Fort III components on the left, as well as a left naso-orbital-ethmoid fracture. It performs reduction and intermaxillary fixation. It performs nasal reconstruction with a double nasal cartilage graft and bone graft for the back, and septal cartilage graft to construct the columella stem. It plans secondary rhinoplasty with a seventh rib graft correct the saddle nose defect. Outpatient follow-up at 14 and 30 days with favorable cosmetic results. Discussion: This procedure generally gives good results with a low complication rate. In the latest systematic reviews with an average follow-up of 14.4 months (6-96 months) they concluded that in the donor area the most frequent complication was the development of scars in the surgical site with 2.08% (0. 31-4.83%) and pneumothorax was close to 0% (0-0.46%). In the recipient area, the most frequent were graft retraction with 3.05% (1.35-5.19%) and 1.45% (0.34-3.06%) of infection of the recipient area. Conclusion: With the presentation of this clinical case, you can observed that the use of costal cartilage in secondary rhinoplasty is an achievable option, with good results in the short and medium term, in addition to having a low rate of complications, but a team of experienced plastic surgery must perform it. Fecha recepción: noviembre 2022 | Fecha aceptación: febrero

Palabras clave:

rinoplastia, injerto costal