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Revista chilena de cirugía

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ROA G, Ricardo et al. Axillary burn contracture treated with Integra®. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2011, vol.63, n.3, pp.276-279. ISSN 0718-4026.

Introduction: Severe axillary burn is an unusual accident that frequently evolves to contracture generating important cosmetic and functional deficiencies. Contracture scars in this region are difficult to treat because of the anatomic characteristics of the area that has multiple power vectors. Functional restoration has to be one of the main goals in the management of burns in the axilla and flaps have shown high rate of morbidity. Integra® provides satisfactory elasticity and dermal resistance which results in positive functional results. Objective: Analyze the results of the use of Integra® in axillary burn contracture scars at a specialized Burns Center. Materials and Methods: There were 4 patients who underwent reconstructive surgery using Integra® for axillary burn contractures between january 2002 and march 2006. Follow-up was divided into perioperative and late. Early follow-up checked general post-operative evolution and late follow-up was focused on functionality and patient independence evaluated using Barthel's index of daily living activities. Results: There were 3 males and 1 female, average age 27 (18-41) with a minimum follow up of 9 months. There were no perioperative complications and good or very good range of motion results. Conclusions: Our results are similar to artificial skin substitutes used in other anatomical regions.

Palabras clave : Artificial skin substitutes; Integra®; axillary contractures; axillary burns.

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