Clinical Experience and Best Practices Using Epidermal Skin Grafts on Wounds

Robert Kirsner, Brent Bernstein, Animesh Bhatia, John Lantis, Lam Le, Katherine Lincoln, Paul Liu, Lee Rodgers, Mark Shaw, David Young

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Over the years, autologous skin grafting has been used extensively to achieve wound closure, optimize a functional scar, and improve aesthetic outcomes for the patient. Although a vast majority of the literature is on the use of full-thickness and split-thickness skin grafts, epidermal skin grafts (ESGs) have emerged as a viable option in the reconstructive ladder when only the epidermal layer is needed. These grafts are distinct from other types of autologous skin grafts in that they can be harvested without anesthesia and leave minimal or no scarring at the donor site. In order to explore the use of ESGs in the continuum of primary wound closure, a multidisciplinary expert panel convened in October 2014, in Las Vegas, NV, to review the scientific basis and clinical uses of epidermal grafting. This publication provides an overview of epidermal grafting, recommendations for graft application, and potential roles for its use in wound care and closure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-292
Number of pages11
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • autologous skin grafts
  • epidermal skin grafts
  • wound closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medical–Surgical


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