Background. A man in his 60s with recurrent venous leg ulcers (VLUs) presented with an 18-month history of a VLU on his medial left leg measuring 59.3 cm2. He had been treated with multi- component compression bandages without significant decrease in ulcer size. Given the ulcergs size, refractory nature, and history of recurrence, the authors sought to optimize the patientgs healing. Methods. Approximately 23% of the total wound was treated using punch grafts (PGs) harvested from different locations on the body based on hair density using the "stick and placeg" method. Results. One month later, a 56% reduction in ulcer size was observed, espe- cially in the area that received hair-bearing skin. Conclusion. Punch grafts from hair-bearing skin are a viable source of follicular stem cells and may be superior to PG from nonhair-bearing skin for the treatment of chronic wounds.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2016|
- hair-derived skin graft
- punch graft
- venous leg ulcers
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