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Post-burn breast reconstruction using an artificial dermis-a long-term follow-up



Post-burn breast reconstruction using an artificial dermis-a long-term follow-up



Burns and Trauma 4: 12



Full thickness burns of the chest in childhood are a devastating problem that requires challenging reconstructive options. Integra is a bilaminate artificial dermis composed of shark chondroitin 6-sulfate and bovine collagen. The dermal matrix serves as a scaffold for fibroblasts and endothelial cells. Vascularization of the matrix begins after 2-3 weeks, and eventually, the matrix incorporates with the tissue to create a new dermis. The main advantage of the Integra is that the neodermis is of the same quality as a native dermis. In this case report, we present post-burn breast reconstruction of a 12-year-old girl using Integra, with a long follow-up of 7 years. To the best of our knowledge, there is no published follow-up of breast development after reconstruction with Integra from its beginning point at the age of puberty until after the growing process has terminated. Integra is a reliable reconstructive tool for burned breast. If done before puberty, it can help in getting normal developing tissue with satisfying esthetic results of size, shape and symmetry.

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Accession: 058578938

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PMID: 27574682

DOI: 10.1186/s41038-016-0037-9


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