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J Wound Care. 2002 Jul;11(7):275-8.

Maceration of the skin and wound bed. 1: Its nature and causes.

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  • 1Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, Newland Park, Chalfont St Giles, UK.


Maceration, caused by prolonged exposure to moisture, can complicate the healing of wounds, especially chronic ones. This paper--the first of three reviewing the literature on its aetiology and management--looks at how maceration occurs.

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