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Clin Plast Surg. 2000 Jan;27(1):11-22.

Current status of burn wound pathophysiology.

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Department of Surgery, University of Washington Burn Center, Seattle, USA.


Healing is a continuum that can be unpredictable. Despite many advances and understanding of the multiple cellular processes and molecules involved in burn wound healing, physicians and patients have yet to reap the full benefit of this knowledge. The advances have occurred in a very short period, and with the exponential growth of molecular biology techniques and transgenic animal models, our understanding and treatment of burn wound healing could change exponentially over the next 10 years. The goal must be to continue to improve functional outcomes for burn survivors just as we have conquered critical care management for acutely injured burn patients.

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