“Surgical Treatment of Giant Neurofibroma” for the book “Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis” publishing by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. N.Y., USA. ISBN: 978-1-62808-165-7
Matthias A. Karajannis, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, NF Clinical Research Program
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
NYU Langone Medical Center
The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders 160 East 32nd Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016
Office: (212) 263-9959 Fax: (212) 263-8410


1. Technical Considerations to Avoid Microvascular Complications during Groin Lymph Node Free Flap Transfer. Ciudad P, Orfaniotis G, Socas J, Dower R, Kiranantawat K, Nicoli F, Sapountzis S, Maruccia M, Chen HC. Arch Plast Surg. 2015 Sep;42(5):650-2. doi: 10.5999/aps. 2015.42.5.650. Epub 2015 Sep 15.

2. The combined transverse upper gracilis and profunda artery perforator (TUGPAP) flap for breast reconstruction. Ciudad P, Maruccia M, Orfaniotis G, Weng HC, Constantinescu T, Nicoli F, Cigna E, Socas J, Sirimahachaiyakul P, Sapountzis S, Kiranantawat K, Lin SP, Wang GJ, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2015 Aug 20. doi: 10.1002/micr.22459

3. The latissimus dorsi-groin-lymph node compound flap: A comprehensive technique with three features including skin coverage, restoration of motor function, and prevention of upper limb lymphedema. Nicoli F, Orfaniotis G, Lazzeri D, Lim SY, Kiranantawat K, Chen PY, Ciudad P, Chilgar RM, Sapountzis S, Sacak B, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2015 Oct 14. doi: 10.1002/ micr.22515.

4. Vacuum-assisted closure therapy to the brain: a safe method for wound temporization in composite scalp and calvarial defects. Prince N, Blackburn S, Murad G, Mast B, Sapountzis S, Shaw C, Werning J, Singhal D. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 Jun;74 Suppl 4:S218-21

5. The laparoscopic right gastroepiploic lymph node flap transfer for upper and lower limb lymphedema: Technique and outcomes. Ciudad P, Maruccia M, Socas J, Lee MH, Chung KP, Constantinescu T, Kiranantawat K, Nicoli F, Sapountzis S, Yeo MS, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2015 Jul 15. doi: 10.1002/micr.22450.

6. Potential Use of Transferred Lymph Nodes as Metastasis Detectors after Tumor Excision. Nicoli F, Ciudad P, Lim SY, Lazzeri D, D’Ambrosia C, Kiranantawat K, Chilgar RM, Sapountzis S, Sacak B, Chen HC. Arch Plast Surg. 2015 Jul;42(4):478-83. doi: 10.5999/aps.2015.42.4.478. Epub 2015 Jul 14.

7. Free lymph node flap transfer and laser-assisted liposuction: a combined technique for the treatment of moderate upper limb lymphedema. Nicoli F, Constantinides J, Ciudad P, Sapountzis S, Kiranantawat K, Lazzeri D, Lim SY, Nicoli M, Chen PY, Yeo MS, Chilgar RM, Chen HC.. Lasers Med Sci. 2015 May;30(4):1377-85. doi: 10.1007/s10103-015-1736-3. Epub 2015 Mar 28. PubMed PMID: 25820369.

8. Lymph Node Flap Based on the Right Transverse Cervical Artery as a Donor Site for Lymph Node Transfer. Sapountzis S, Singhal D, Ciudad P, Meo D, Chen HC. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25785389.

9. Lymph node transplantation and quantitative clearance lymphoscintigraphy. Singhal D, Spiguel L, Shaw C, Sapountzis S, Mast B, Chen HC, Drane W.. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May; 135(5):937e-9e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001203. PubMed PMID: 25700302.

10. The first smartphone application for microsurgery monitoring: SilpaRamanitor. Kiranantawat K, Constantinides J, Sapountzis S, Sitpahul N. Reply:. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015
Feb;135(2):459e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000925. PubMed PMID: 25626842.

11. End-to-patch anastomosis for microvascular transfer of free flaps with small pedicle. Lim SY, Yeo MS, Nicoli F, Ciudad P, Constantinides J, Kiranantawat K, Sapountzis S, Chung-Wai Ho A, Chen HC. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Apr;68(4):559-64. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps. 2014.11.020. Epub 2014 Dec 9. PubMed PMID: 25605405.

12. Supraclavicular osteocutaneous free flap: Clinical application and surgical details for the reconstruction of composite defects of the nose. Nicoli F, Orfaniotis G, Gesakis K, Lazzeri D, Ciudad P, Chilgar RM, Sapountzis S, Sönmez TT, Maruccia M, Constantinides J, Sacak B, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2015 Jan 8. doi: 10.1002/micr.22375. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25580712.

13. Fat grafting to the hand in patients with raynaud phenomenon: a novel therapeutic modality. Pavlidis L, Sapountzis S, Spyropoulou GA, Demiri E.. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan; 135(1):229e-30e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000814. PubMed PMID: 25539337.

14. Novel Polypropylene Barbed Threads for Midface Lift-“REEBORN Lifting” Sapountzis S, Nikkhah D, Kim JH, Seo JD. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014 Dec 5;2(11):e250. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000211. eCollection 2014 Nov. PubMed PMID: 25506533; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4255893.

15. Simultaneous reconstruction of the oral commissure, lip and buccal mucosa with microvascular transfer of combined first-second toe web and dorsalis pedis flap. Ciudad P, Maruccia M, Sapountzis S, Chen HC.. Int Wound J. 2014 Dec 3. doi: 10.1111/iwj.12383. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25469475.

16. Right gastroepiploic lymph node flap. Ciudad P, Kiranantawat K, Sapountzis S, Sze-Wei Yeo M, Nicoli F, Maruccia M, Sirimahachaiyakul P, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2014 Oct 30. doi: 10.1002/micr.22344. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25355384.

17. Reconstruction after orbital exenteration using gracilis muscle free flap. Nicoli F, Chilgar RM, Sapountzis S, Yeo MS, Lazzeri D, Ciudad P, Kiranantawat K, Sönmez TT, Maruccia M, Lim SY, Constantinides J, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2015 Mar;35(3):169-76. doi: 10.1002/micr.22339. Epub 2014 Oct 18. PubMed PMID: 25328129.

18. Lymphedema fat graft: an ideal filler for facial rejuvenation. Nicoli F, Chilgar RM, Sapountzis S, Lazzeri D, Sze Wei MY, Ciudad P, Nicoli M, Lim SY, Chen PY, Constantinides J, Chen HC.. Arch Plast Surg. 2014 Sep;41(5):588-93. doi: 10.5999/aps.2014.41.5.588. Epub 2014 Sep 15. PubMed PMID: 25276654; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4179366.

19. Morphological and morphometric evaluation of the ilium, fibula, and scapula bones for oral and maxillofacial reconstruction. Zaker Shahrak A, Zor F, Kanatas A, Acikel C, Sapountzis S, Nicoli F, Altuntas SH, Knobe M, Chen HC, Prescher A, Hölzle F, Sönmez TT.. Microsurgery. 2014 Nov;34(8):638-45. doi: 10.1002/micr.22307. Epub 2014 Aug 20. PubMed PMID: 25143304.

20. Use of polyglycolic acid nerve conduit (neurotube) to alleviate pedicle kinking in microvascular anastomosis. Sapountzis S, Nicoli F, Ciudad P, Kiranantawat K, Lim SY, Wei MY, Chen HC. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Aug;134(2):332e. doi: 10.1097/PRS. 0000000000000394. PubMed PMID: 25068360.

21. Non-crushing intestinal clamps used as a tourniquet for resection of a large vascular malformation at the lower lip. Kiranantawat K, Sze-Wei Yeo M, Maruccia M, Sapountzis S, Lim SY, Ciudad P, Nicoli F, Chen HC.. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Sep;67(9):e234-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2014.05.017. Epub 2014 May 20. PubMed PMID: 24893899.

22. Microsurgical debulking procedure after free lymph node flap transfer. Ciudad P, Yeo MS, Sapountzis S, Lim SY, Nicoli F, Maruccia M, Kiranantawat K, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2014 Nov;34(8):670-1. doi: 10.1002/micr.22280. Epub 2014 May 27. PubMed PMID: 24867589.

23. Modified Charles procedure and lymph node flap transfer for advanced lower extremity lymphedema. Sapountzis S, Ciudad P, Lim SY, Chilgar RM, Kiranantawat K, Nicoli F, Constantinides J, Wei MY, Sönmez TT, Singhal D, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2014 Sep;34(6): 439-47. doi: 10.1002/micr.22235. Epub 2014 Feb 14. PubMed PMID: 24677042.

24. Retrograde flow upper extremity fillet flap for coverage of a large thoracic wall defect. Sapountzis S, Ciudad P, Chilgar R, Nicoli F, Singhal D, Chen HC. Am Surg. 2014 Mar;80(3): 312-4. Review. PubMed PMID: 24666877.

25. Correction of severe “pixie ear” deformity after rhytidectomy with modified minimal access cranial suspension lift. Sapountzis S, Kiranantawat K, Foroglou P, Chantes A, Antoniou A, Dionyssiou D, Pavlidis L, Demiri E. Arch Plast Surg. 2013 Nov;40(6):797-9. doi: 10.5999/aps. 2013.40.6.797. Epub 2013 Nov 8. PubMed PMID: 24286061; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3840195.

26. Sequential multi-layered hemostatic sutures for stepwise removal of arteriovenous malformations: the pineapple technique. Lim SY, Sze Wei MY, Constantinides J, Kiranantawat K, Sapountzis S, Ciudad P, Ho A, Nicoli F, Chen-Hsiang K, Chen HC.. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Apr;67(4):581-2. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2013.10.043. Epub 2013 Nov 7. Erratum in: J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg .2014 Sep;67(9):1312. Kiranatawat, Kidakorn[Corrected to Kiranantawat, Kidakorn]. PubMed PMID: 24268693.

27. A novel “continuous-interrupted” method for microvascular anastomosis. Sapountzis S, Kiranantawat K, Lim SY, Constantinides J, Ciudad P, Nicoli F, Wei MY, Sönmez TT, Chen HC. Microsurgery. 2014 Jan;34(1):82-4. doi: 10.1002/micr.22174. Epub 2013 Sep 13. PubMed PMID: 24030656.

28. An original technique for securing the inflation port in Becker implant-based breast reconstruction. Demiri E, Sapountzis S, Dionyssiou D, Antoniou A. Plast Reconstr Surg.2013 Sep;132(3):465e-6e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31829ad4b6. PubMed PMID: 23985660.

29. Evidence-based analysis of lymph node transfer in postmastectomy upper extremity lymphedema. Sapountzis S, Nicoli F, Chilgar R, Ciudad P. Arch Plast Surg. 2013 Jul;40(4): 450-1. doi: 10.5999/aps.2013.40.4.450. Epub 2013 Jul 17. PubMed PMID: 23898446; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3724010.

30. The extended fleur-de-lis latissimus dorsi flap: a novel flap and approach for coverage of lower back defects. Ciudad P, Singhal D, Sapountzis S, Chilgar RM, Nicoli F, Chen HC. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Dec;66(12):1811-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2013.06.034. Epub 2013 Jul 10. PubMed PMID: 23849961.

31. Lymph node flap based on the right transverse cervical artery as a donor site for lymph node transfer. Sapountzis S, Singhal D, Rashid A, Ciudad P, Meo D, Chen HC.. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Oct;73(4):398-401. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31827fb39e. PubMed PMID: 23759964.

32. Updating the concepts on neck lift and lower third of the face. Sapountzis S, Kim JH, Don SJ. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jun;131(6):922e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31828bd7cc. PubMed PMID: 23714822.

33. Extended applications of vascularized preauricular and helical rim flaps in reconstruction of nasal defects. Sapountzis S, Chen HC. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 May;131(5):847e-8e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31828ecad2. PubMed PMID: 23629125.

34. Radical resection and reconstruction with bilateral gluteal fold perforator flaps for vulvar hemangiolymphangioma. Sapountzis S, Singhal D, Chen HC. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 May; 121(2):179-80. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.12.007. Epub 2013 Mar 1. PubMed PMID: 23465850.

35. Novel approach with fractional ultrapulse CO2 laser for the treatment of upper eyelid dermatochalasis and periorbital rejuvenation. Balzani A, Chilgar RM, Nicoli M, Sapountzis S, Lazzeri D, Cervelli V, Nicoli F. Lasers Med Sci. 2013 Nov;28(6):1483-7. doi: 10.1007/ s10103-012-1255-4. Epub 2013 Jan 10. PubMed PMID: 23307441.

33. Successful treatment of thread-lifting complication from APTOS sutures using a simple MACS lift and fat grafting. Sapountzis S, Kim JH, Li TS, Rashid A, Cruz PC, Hwang YS. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2012 Dec;36(6):1307-10. doi: 10.1007/s00266-012-9975-1. Epub 2012 Oct 6. PubMed PMID: 23052379.

36. A simple method for lower lip reconstruction after trauma using an advancement mucosal flap from the remaining lip. Liu MY, Sapountzis S, Choong MY, Li TS.. Dent Traumatol. 2013 Dec;29(6):465-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2012.01156.x. Epub 2012 Jul 12. PubMed PMID: 22788673.

37. The effect of Zafirlukast on capsule formation in post-radiation silicone implants. Sapountzis S, Kim JH, Francescato Veiga D, Masako Ferreira L. Med Hypotheses. 2012 Jun; 78(6):787-9. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2012.03.007. Epub 2012 Mar 31. PubMed PMID: 22465464.

38. Use of surgical sponge with running sutures for securing full-thickness skin grafts. Sapountzis S, Chantes A, Kim JH. ISRN Dermatol. 2011;2011:470921. doi: 10.5402/2011/470921. Epub 2011 Sep 29. PubMed PMID: 22363852; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3262541.

39. The ‘reading man flap’ for pressure sore reconstruction. Sapountzis S, Park HJ, Kim JH, Chantes A, Beak RM, Heo CY.. Indian J Plast Surg. 2011 Sep;44(3):448-52. doi: 10.4103/0970-0358.90819. PubMed PMID: 22279278; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3263273.

40. Correction of inverted nipple with “arabesque”-shape sutures. Sapountzis S, Kim JH, Minh P, Hwang YS, Baek RM, Heo CY. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2012 Apr;36(2):339-42. doi: 10.1007/s00266-011-9827-4. Epub 2011 Oct 20. PubMed PMID: 22012615.

41. A safe method for excision of a giant neurofibroma on both buttocks using a loop-shaped suture. Sapountzis S, Kim JH, Burm JS, Minh P, Heo CY European Journal of Plastic Surgery May 2012, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 389-393