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Split skin was diced into 200 microns squares for use as a graft for large granulating wounds in pigs. "Diced" skin expanded 26-fold to give healing rates virtually identical with those obtainable with meshed split skin, despite a ten-fold difference in the area of donor skin used. The technique has been successfully applied in five patients with venous ulcers and seems to be a simple alternative to tissue culture for grafting extensive wounds.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/s0140-6736(87)91795-8

Type

Journal article

Journal

Lancet

Publication Date

29/08/1987

Volume

2

Pages

483 - 484

Keywords

Animals, Biological Dressings, Evaluation Studies as Topic, Humans, Methods, Random Allocation, Skin Transplantation, Surgical Mesh, Swine, Transplantation, Homologous, Varicose Ulcer, Wound Healing