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Hand Surg. 2012;17(3):433-7. doi: 10.1142/S0218810412970088.

Treatment of keloid formation following syndactyly division: surgical technique.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.


A strong association has been reported between keloid formation after syndactyly reconstruction and primary digital enlargement, and methotrexate (MTX) treatment has been shown to produce promising results in a few reported cases. However, detailed surgical technique for revision of keloid formation after syndactyly division has not been well described, and there is still no standard treatment protocol regarding use of MTX in such cases. In this paper, we describe the technical details of keloid excision and full thickness skin grafting followed by MTX medication for the treatment of massive keloid formation after syndactyly division. We also describe a case of unsuccessful use of MTX, and our experience of its prophylactic use for a patient with syndactyly with primary digital enlargement.

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