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Eplasty. 2016 Mar 10;16:e14. eCollection 2016.

Fast and Standardized Skin Grafting of Leg Wounds With a New Technique: Report of 2 Cases and Review of Previous Methods.

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1
Department of Dermatology Malmö University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden; Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Sweden.
2
Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Sweden; Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Malmö University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden.
3
Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Sweden; Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Malmö University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden; Department of Surgery, Central Hospital, Kristianstad, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Chronic leg ulcers remain a challenge to the treating physician. Such wounds often need skin grafts to heal. This necessitates a readily available, fast, simple, and standardized procedure for grafting.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this work was to test a novel method developed for outpatient transplant procedures.

METHODS:

The procedure employs a handheld disposable dermatome and a roller mincer that cut the skin into standardized micrografts that can be spread out onto a suitable graft bed. Wounds were followed until healed and photographed.

RESULTS:

The device was successfully used to treat and close a traumatic lower limb wound and a persistent chronic venous leg ulcer. The donor site itself healed by secondary intent with minimal cosmetic impairment.

CONCLUSION:

The method was successfully used to graft 2 lower extremity wounds.

KEYWORDS:

leg ulcers; micrograft; skin transplantation; split thickness skin graft; wound healing

PMID:
27004083
PMCID:
PMC4793303

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