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The Use of Dermal Substitute in Deep Burns of Functional/Mobile Anatomic Areas at Acute Phase After Early Excision and Subsequent Skin Autografting: Dermal Substitute Prevents Functional Limitations.

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Summary of "The Use of Dermal Substitute in Deep Burns of Functional/Mobile Anatomic Areas at Acute Phase After Early Excision and Subsequent Skin Autografting: Dermal Substitute Prevents Functional Limitations."

We aimed to evaluate the results of dermal substitute implantation after early excision in the acute phase of major burn cases within the scope of efforts to reduce contractions and scar formation in functional anatomic areas (face, neck, axilla, elbow, popliteal). Twelve patients with major burn who were treated in the burn center between September 2017 and September 2018 were included in the study. In these patients, Nevelia® dermal substitute was implanted to 24 functional areas with deep partial or full-thickness burns after surgical debridement of the wound. Autologous split thickness skin graft was applied to these areas after 14-21 days. The patients were followed for 4-14 months (mean 6 months). Postoperative scar formation was assessed by Vancouver Scar Scale at the end of the follow-up period. A simple qualitative staging system was used for aesthetic and functional evaluation. The time from burn injury to dermal substitute implantation was 3-21 days. Skin graft take was complete in 22 of 24 regions and partial in one of them, while graft loss developed in one region. In the implantation sites, the Vancouver Scar Scale ranged from 1 to 7. Aesthetic and functional evaluation showed excellent/good results in 21 of 24 anatomic regions, moderate results in 2 regions and poor results in 1 region. The use of dermal substitute in deep burns of functional/mobile anatomic areas at acute phase after early excision and subsequent skin auto grafting has opened a new alternative area in the burn surgery arena to prevent contractures and functional limitations.

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Name: Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association
ISSN: 1559-0488
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