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Lawrence Cai, Vinita Puri, Mohan Krishna Dangol, Iftekhar Ibne Mannan, Shafquat Hussain Khundkar, Trung-Hau Le Thua, Godfrey Muguti, Shankar Man Rai, Yvonne Karanas, James Chang
BACKGROUND: Burn contractures can cause significant disability, particularly in patients in resource-limited settings. However, a gap exists in our ability to measure outcomes in patients with burn contractures of the neck. The objective of this study was to develop and validate the Stanford-ReSurge Burn Scar Contracture Scale-Neck to longitudinally assess functional status and measure functional improvement following contracture release of the neck. METHODS: A literature review was performed to identify scales used in neck assessment and burn assessment...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
L Rosenberg, Y Shoham, Y Krieger, G Rubin, F Sander, J Koller, K David, D Egosi, R Ahuja, A J Singer
Current surgical and non-surgical eschar removal-debridement techniques are invasive or ineffective. A bromelainbased rapid and selective enzymatic debriding agent was developed to overcome these disadvantages and compared with the standard of care (SOC). The safety and efficacy of a novel Debriding Gel Dressing (DGD) was determined in patients with deep partial and full thickness burns covering up to 67% total body surface area (TBSA). This review summarizes data from seven studies, four of which were randomized clinical trials that included a SOC or control vehicle...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
J Chateau, M Guillot, L Zevounou, F Braye, J-L Foyatier, J-P Comparin, D Voulliaume
Child palm burns arise by contact and are often deep. The singular difficulty of such a disease comes from the necessity of the child growth and from the potential occurrence of constricted scars. In order to avoid sequelae, the actual gold standard is to practice an early excision of the burn, followed by a skin graft. The aim of this study is to evaluate the results of spontaneous healing combined with rehabilitation versus early skin grafting and rehabilitation concerning the apparition of sequelae. We performed a retrospective study in two burn centers and one rehabilitation hospital between 1995 and 2010...
October 21, 2016: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
Jennifer A Foster, Pratibha Shukla, Omar Azar, Timothy Lee, Joanna Sesti, Jessica S Donington
Marjolin's ulcers typically result from long-term chronic inflammation of a squamous surface, most often related to burns and other scars. This report describes a squamous cell carcinoma arising from the pleural surface in a patient with a chronically neglected Eloesser flap.
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
S J Lang, D Böhringer, G Geerling, T Reinhard
AimThe objective of the study was to evaluate the long-term results of allogenic penetrating limbo-keratoplasy. This method allows simultaneous transplantation of a corneal graft and limbal stem cells of the donor by means of eccentric trephination of the donor button.MethodThe data of 192 consecutive cases of allogenic penetrating limbo-keratoplasty from 1995 to 2015 were reviewed. These had been performed exclusively in eyes with complete failure of the limbal stem cells, in combination with deep corneal scarring...
October 21, 2016: Eye
C M Han
The wound healing includes non-healing and overhealing of the wounds. The results of wound healing are well known by people such as non-healing of the diabetic ulcer or hypertrophic scar after deep burn. In this issue, three papers involve in wound healing, one about autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells injected into wound or scar of rabbit ear, one about severe hypoxia and hypoalbuminemia inducing human hypertrophic scar derived fibroblast apoptosis in vitro, and another about the dysfunction of protein kinase B/mammalian target of rapamycin signaling pathway contributing to the pathophysiological characteristics of diabetic skin and non-healing wound...
October 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
Tomasz Żądkowski, Paweł Nachulewicz, Maciej Mazgaj, Magdalena Woźniak, Czesław Cielecki, Andrzej Paweł Wieczorek, Iwona Beń-Skowronek
Treatment of hypertrophic scars arising as a result of thermal burns in children is still a big problem. The results of the treatment are not satisfactory for patients and parents, and new methods of treatment are still investigated.We present the use of one of the most modern carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers (Lumenis Encore laser equipped with a Synergistic Coagulation and Ablation for Advanced Resurfacing module) in the treatment of hypertrophic scars in children after burns.From March to April of 2013, a group of 47 patients aged 6 to 16 years underwent 57 laser surgery treatments...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
So Young Joo, Yoon Soo Cho, Sung-Rae Cho, Dohern Kym, Cheong Hoon Seo
PURPOSE: Pain Scrambler therapy is a patient-specific electrocutaneous nerve stimulation device. Burn pruritus is a common form of chronic and disabling neuropathic pain that is often difficult to treat effectively. Pruritus is mediated by histamines, which are effector molecules stored in mast cells and released locally during injury or inflammation. Burn pruritus may be accompanied by peripheral neuropathic pain, which may result from injury to sensory nerves that hampers conductance of neuronal messages along the large A and small C afferent fibers to the spinal cord...
October 15, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Shujun Wang, Dawei Li, Chuanan Shen, Jiake Chai, Hongjuan Zhu, Yanlu Lin, Congying Liu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the epidemiological characteristics of pediatric burns in Beijing City. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of pediatric patients (n = 400) admitted to four burn centers in Beijing City between June 2010 and May 2011. Burn severity was determined according to total body surface area (TBSA) percentage and degree. Patients were followed up for one year. Multivariate analyses were carried out to determine the factors (burn etiology, time and place of injury, living conditions, hospital type, first-aid treatment methods, and parent/guardian knowledge of burns, educational level, occupation) affecting burn properties (severity and pigmentation/scar)...
October 18, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
Chad M Teven, Julie Mhlaba, Annemarie O'Connor, Lawrence J Gottlieb
The majority of surgical burn care involves the use of skin grafts. However, there are cases when flaps are required or provide superior outcomes both in the acute setting and for postburn reconstruction. Rarely discussed in the context of burn care, the perforator-based propeller flap is an important option to consider. We describe our experience with perforator-based propeller flaps in the acute and reconstructive phases of burn care. We reviewed demographics, indications, operative details, and outcomes for patients whose burn care included the use of a perforator-based propeller flap at our institution from May 2007 to April 2015...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Jin Kyung Chae, Jeong Hee Kim, Eun Jung Kim, Kun Park
BACKGROUND: The patient and observer scar assessment scale (POSAS) recently emerged as a promising method, reflecting both observer's and patient's opinions in evaluating scar. This tool was shown to be consistent and reliable in burn scar assessment, but it has not been tested in the setting of skin graft scar in skin cancer patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate facial skin graft scar applied to POSAS and to compare with objective scar assessment tools. METHODS: Twenty three patients, who diagnosed with facial cutaneous malignancy and transplanted skin after Mohs micrographic surgery, were recruited...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Pan-Xi Yu, Wen-Qi Diao, Zuo-Liang Qi, Jing-Long Cai
<strong>Objective</strong> To explore the effects of dermabrasion combined with ReCell(®) on large superficial facial scars caused by burn, trauma and acnes.<strong>Methods</strong> Nineteen patients with large superficial facial scars were treated by the same surgeon with dermabrasion combined with ReCell(®). According to the etiology, patients were classified into post-burning group (n=5), post-traumatic group (n=7) and post-acne group (n=7). Fifteen patients completed the follow-ups, 5 patients in each group...
September 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
Shusuke Uchida, Naoki Oiso, Kuriko Shiga, Tomohiko Narita, Akira Kawada
Cases of malignant melanoma on thermal burn scars have occasionally been reported. We report a 78-year-old Japanese female with malignant melanoma on a thermal burn scar with an interval of more than 70 years. Our case reemphasizes the importance of regular examinations in persons with thermal burn scars.
May 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
Sarah Lonie, Paul Baker, Rodrigo P Teixeira
INTRODUCTION: Scald burns, which heal in less than 14 days, are seen to be at low risk of hypertrophic scar (HTS) formation. Consequently surgery is usually reserved for scalds likely to take more than 14 days to heal. With the use of silver based dressings over the past few years, anecdotally, we have observed a tendency to improved healing of scalds with conservative management and reduced need for surgical intervention. We aimed to investigate the effect of overall healing time of paediatric scalds on HTS formation over a five-year period (2011-15)...
October 1, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Andrea C Issler-Fisher, Oliver M Fisher, Ania O Smialkowski, Frank Li, Constant P van Schalkwyk, Peter Haertsch, Peter K M Maitz
BACKGROUND: The introduction of ablative fractional CO2 lasers (CO2-AFL) for burn scar management shows promising results. Whilst recent studies have focused on objective scar outcomes following CO2-AFL treatment, to date no data on patient subjective factors such as quality of life are available. METHODS: A prospective study was initiated to analyze the safety and efficacy of the CO2-AFL. Various objective and subjective outcome parameters were prospectively collected from the date of first consultation and follow-up following treatment...
October 1, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Celeste C Finnerty, Marc G Jeschke, Ludwik K Branski, Juan P Barret, Peter Dziewulski, David N Herndon
Improvements in acute burn care have enabled patients to survive massive burns that would have once been fatal. Now up to 70% of patients develop hypertrophic scars after burns. The functional and psychosocial sequelae remain a major rehabilitative challenge, decreasing quality of life and delaying reintegration into society. Approaches to optimise healing potential of burn wounds use targeted wound care and surgery to minimise the development of hypertrophic scarring. Such approaches often fail, and modulation of the established scar is continued although the optimal indication, timing, and combination of therapies have yet to be established...
October 1, 2016: Lancet
Lingfeng Wang, Chunguang Hao, Biao Zhou, Xue Fu, Junliang Li, Zhigang Wang, Zhidong Rong
INTRODUCTION: This study investigated the application of selective sheepskin acellular dermal matrix (ADM), combined with the anticoagulant heparin, in the wound-healing treatment of deep second-degree burns (DSDB). METHODS: A DSDB model was established, and the test animals were randomly divided into 4 groups: iodophor gauze (IG), pig ADM (PA), selective sheepskin ADM (SSA), and heparinized selective sheepskin ADM (HSSA).The microcirculation of the wound surface, pathological structures, healing rates, and fibroblast apoptosis rates were observed at different times in each group...
September 29, 2016: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Yuqian Zhao, Xueyong Li, Xiaoli Xu, Zhi He, Lei Cui, Xiaoxing Lv
Hypertrophic scarring (HS) is an overcompensation of wound healing that increases the risk of cosmetic disfigurement and functional impairment. No gold standard has been established for the treatment or prevention of HS. Our study aims to elucidate the expression and function of lumican in the pathogenesis of HS as well as the underlying mechanism involved in this procedure. An animal model of HS (rabbit ear) was established, and the Ad-lumican vectors were locally injected. Primary fibroblasts isolated from patients with hypertrophic burn scars were used in vitro...
September 29, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Yong-Fang Gong, Xiao-Ming Zhang, Fei Liu, Zhen-Zhen Wang, Xue-Fei Deng, Yi Jiao, Xiao-Jing Li, Xue-Ying Huang
Hypertrophic scar (HS) is a pathological scar that particularly occurs after traumatic injuries, surgical procedures and burning. Abnormal activation of hypertrophic scar fibroblasts (HSFs) intensifies fibrosis during wound healing. Our previous studies demonstrated that recombinant human endostatin (rhEndostatin) prevented synovial thickening in adjuvant arthritis (AA) rats via inhibition of proliferation and enhancement of apoptosis in synovial fibroblasts. However, the effect of this protein on HSF proliferation is not known...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Paul Wurzer, Abigail A Forbes, Gabriel Hundeshagen, Clark R Andersen, Kathryn M Epperson, Walter J Meyer, Lars P Kamolz, Ludwik K Branski, Oscar E Suman, David N Herndon, Celeste C Finnerty
PURPOSE: We assessed the perception of scarring and distress by pediatric burn survivors with burns covering more than one-third of total body surface area (TBSA) for up to 2 years post-burn. METHODS: Children with severe burns were admitted to our hospital between 2004 and 2012, and consented to this IRB-approved-study. Subjects completed at least one Scars Problems and/or Distress questionnaire between discharge and 24 months post burn. Outcomes were modeled with generalized estimating equations or using mixed linear models...
August 16, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
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