Clinical experience with Alloderm: A one-staged composite dermal/epidermal replacement utilizing processed cadaver dermis and thin autografts

R. A. Callcut, M. J. Schurr, M. Sloan, L. D. Faucher

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Abstract

Alloderm has been advocated for the management of acute burns. However, few studies have demonstrated the feasibility of this technique. Methods: We reviewed the medical records of all patients treated in our burn center who received Alloderm since 1999. Results: Alloderm was used in 21 burn patients and 6 patients with traumatic skin loss. The average size of Alloderm used in the burn patients was 517 ± 144 cm2 (range 24-3000 cm2). The average Alloderm thickness used was 0.008 in. and autografts were harvested at an average of 0.007 in. Overall, Alloderm was used in a variety of locations including the face in 3 patients (2 burns, 1 traumatic skin loss) and hands in 7 patients (6 burns, 1 traumatic skin loss). Successful take was observed in 26/27 patients. Conclusions: Alloderm can be used successfully in patients with acute burns requiring grafting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-588
Number of pages6
JournalBurns
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alloderm
  • Burn
  • Dermal replacement
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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