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Hand Clin. 2017 May;33(2):305-315. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2016.12.009. Epub 2017 Feb 20.

Scar Management of the Burned Hand.

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1
Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
2
Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA; Burn/Wound and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. Electronic address: blevi@med.umich.edu.

Abstract

Burn injury can result in hypertrophic scar formation that can lead to debilitating functional deficits and poor aesthetic outcomes. Although nonoperative modalities in the early phase of scar maturation are critical to minimize hypertrophic scar formation, surgical management is often indicated to restore hand function. The essential tenant of operative scar management is release of tension, which can often be achieved through local tissue rearrangement. Laser therapy has emerged as a central pillar of subsequent scar rehabilitation. These treatment tools provide an effective resource for the reconstructive surgeon to treat hypertrophic hand scars.

KEYWORDS:

Burn; Hand; Hypertrophic scar; Laser

PMID:
28363297
PMCID:
PMC5436973
DOI:
10.1016/j.hcl.2016.12.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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