Paradoxical venous doppler signal: A sentinel sign of early venous congestion

Eran D. Bar-Meir, Hasan S. Merali, Janet H. Yuen, Adam M. Tobias, Bernard T. Lee

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We present a case of early venous congestion in a superior gluteal artery perforator flap for breast reconstruction. The case is unique because the early detection was based on a paradoxical handheld Doppler signal. During reexploration, the vessels were compressed with intermittent obstruction on inspiration. The vessels were repositioned and the flap was salvaged with no further complications. The pathophysiology of this paradoxical sentinel sign is discussed, along with other reasons leading to the outflow obstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-257
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Microsurgery
  • Reconstructive breast surgery
  • Superior gluteal artery perforator flap
  • Venous congestion


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