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Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Nov;130(5 Suppl 2):175S-82S. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31825f26b7.

The use of acellular dermal matrices in chest wall reconstruction.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA.


Surgeons are faced with increasingly complex and larger chest wall defects as a result of a variety of pathologies, the majority of which are oncologic. Skeletal reconstruction of these resulting defects and subsequent soft-tissue coverage remain a challenge for thoracic and plastic and reconstructive surgeons. A variety of techniques and grafts have been utilized to support the thoracic cage. This review focuses on the use of acellular dermal matrices in thoracic skeletal reconstruction, with a focus on the indications, published data, and surgical techniques for utilizing acellular dermal matrices in chest wall reconstruction.

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