Split-thickness skin grafting of leg ulcers: The University of Miami Department of Dermatology's experience (1990-1993)

Robert Kirsner, S. M. Mata, V. Falanga, F. A. Kerdel

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BACKGROUND. Skin grafting for large and recalcitrant lower extremity ulcers is a commonly used therapy. However, the success rate for grafts performed by dermatologists is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE. To analyze our experience with meshed split-thickness skin grafts for leg ulcers. METHODS. We retrospectively analyzed all hospitalized dermatology patients who underwent meshed split-thickness skin grafting for tower extremity ulceration due to a variety of causes performed by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Miami over a 3-year period (1990-1993). RESULTS. Twenty-nine patients with 36 ulcers were grafted. Greater than 90% of ulcers had initial graft take. At long-term follow-up, 52% of ulcers were healed, 26% were partially healed, and 22% recurred. CONCLUSION. We conclude that meshed split-thickness skin grafting is a safe and effective therapy for recalcitrant lower extremity ulcers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume21
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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Leg Ulcer
Skin Transplantation
Dermatology
Ulcer
Transplants
Lower Extremity
Extremities
Skin
Therapeutics

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  • Surgery

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Split-thickness skin grafting of leg ulcers : The University of Miami Department of Dermatology's experience (1990-1993). / Kirsner, Robert; Mata, S. M.; Falanga, V.; Kerdel, F. A.

In: Dermatologic Surgery, Vol. 21, No. 8, 01.01.1995, p. 701-703.

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