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Br J Plast Surg. 2002 Apr;55(3):185-93.

A guide to biological skin substitutes.

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Blond McIndoe Centre, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK.


The role of artificial skin substitutes in burn surgery and the treatment of chronic wounds is constantly evolving. New products are regularly being produced and approved for clinical use. Studies on existing products clarify their efficacy and effectiveness in different clinical scenarios. This review is aimed at busy clinicians in order to bring them up to date with the latest developments in the field of artificial skin substitutes. It examines the components, structure, performance and comparative costs of the main commercial skin substitutes, and reviews briefly technologies under development that have not yet become widely available.

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