A prospective study of burn scar maturation in pediatrics: Does age matter?

C. A. Schwanholt, C. L. Ridgway, David G Greenhalgh, M. J. Staley, T. J. Gaboury, C. S. Morress, S. J. Walling, G. D. Warden

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A prospective study was performed to determine whether patterns of burn scar maturation varied among different pediatric age groups. Patients were divided into three groups according to age at the time of burn injury: birth to 3 years, 4 to 11 years, and 12 to 18 years. Scarring of sheet grafts on an extremity was assessed throughout the maturation process in three areas: vascularity, pliability, and height. A 1-inch square was selected on the graft edge adjacent to unburned skin. Two experienced therapists independently evaluated the test area and averaged their scores. There were no significant differences in rate of scar maturation between age groups. Burn scar maturation of sheet skin grafts in the pediatric patient with burns demonstrated a rapid peak of scarring (1 to 2 months) and scar maturation (9 to 13 months).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-420
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Professions(all)


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