Split‐Thickness Skin Grafting of Leg Ulcers The University of Miami Department of Dermatology's Experience (1990–1993)

ROBERT S. KIRSNER, SUSAN M. MATA, VINCENT FALANGA, FRANCISCO A. KERDEL

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Abstract

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 (US)
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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