Optimized mesh expansion of composite skin grafts in rats treated with direct current

Chi Sing Chu, Natalia P. Matylevich, Albert T. McManus, Basil A. Pruitt, Cleon W. Goodwin

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Background: The purpose of this study was to determine the optimum autoepidermal and allodermal expansion ratio of each component of a meshed composite skin graft (MCSG) that would lead to successful healing. Methods: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were used as hosts of the MCSG and donors of autologous tissue. Male ACI rats were used as donors of allodermis, MCSGs with open meshed area (autoepidermal/allodermal) of 9:1/1.5:1, 9:1/3:1, 9:1/6:1, or 6:1/6:1 were applied to full-thickness skin defects and treated with a silver nylon dressing (SN) or SN with direct current (DC). Wound size, hair regrowth, and thickness of dermal layer were evaluated at 3 months. Results: MCSGs of 9:1/1.5:1, 9:1/3:1, and 6:1/6:1 mesh ratios healed completely within 3 months with no difference in wound size between SN dressing groups or DC-treated groups. Application of DC reduced MCSG contraction and stimulated regrowth of hair. Conclusion: Fresh autoepidermis can be expanded 6:1 on a 6:1 allodermis or 9:1 on a 3:1 allodermis and achieve successful wound healing.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)804-812
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
EstadoPublished - nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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