Reconstruction of burn scar of the upper extremities with artificial skin

T. D. Chou, S. L. Chen, T. W. Lee, S. G. Chen, T. Y. Cheng, C. H. Lee, T. M. Chen, Hsian-Jenn Wang

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The management of upper-extremity burn contractures is a major challenge for plastic surgeons. After approval by the Food and Drug Administration, artificial skin (Integra) has been available in Taiwan since 1997. From January of 1997 to July of 1999, the authors applied artificial skin to 13 severely burned patients for the reconstruction of their upper extremities, resulting in an increased range of motion in the upper-extremity joints and improved skin quality. An additional benefit was the rapid reepithelialization of the donor sites. There were no complications of infection throughout the therapeutic course, and the overall results were satisfactory. During the 2-year study, scar condition was monitored between 8 and 24 months, and a good appearance and pliable skin were obtained according to the Vancouver Scar Scale. According to this evaluation of Oriental skin turgor, normal pigmentation was restored about 6 months after the resurfacing procedure. For patients with severe burns in whom there is insufficient available skin for a full-thickness skin graft or another appropriate flap for scar revision, Integra is an alternative. The two major concerns in dealing with artificial skin are (1) a 10- to 14-day waiting period for maturation of the neo-dermis, necessitating a two-stage operation, and (2) prevention of infection with antibiotics and meticulous wound care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-384
Number of pages7
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume108
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Artificial Skin
Upper Extremity
Cicatrix
Skin
Pigmentation
Contracture
United States Food and Drug Administration
Dermis
Articular Range of Motion
Infection
Taiwan
Burns
Joints
Tissue Donors
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Transplants
Wounds and Injuries

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Reconstruction of burn scar of the upper extremities with artificial skin. / Chou, T. D.; Chen, S. L.; Lee, T. W.; Chen, S. G.; Cheng, T. Y.; Lee, C. H.; Chen, T. M.; Wang, Hsian-Jenn.

In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 108, No. 2, 01.01.2001, p. 378-384.

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Chou, T. D. ; Chen, S. L. ; Lee, T. W. ; Chen, S. G. ; Cheng, T. Y. ; Lee, C. H. ; Chen, T. M. ; Wang, Hsian-Jenn. / Reconstruction of burn scar of the upper extremities with artificial skin. In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2001 ; Vol. 108, No. 2. pp. 378-384.
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