Split‐Thickness Skin Grafting of Leg Ulcers The University of Miami Department of Dermatology's Experience (1990–1993) Article

cited authors

  • KIRSNER, RS; MATA, SM; FALANGA, V; KERDEL, FA

fiu authors

abstract

  • BACKGROUND Skin grafting for large and recalcitrant lower extremity ulcers is a commonly used therapy. However, the success rate for grafts performed by dermatologists is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE To analyze our experience with meshed split‐thickness skin grafts for leg ulcers. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed all hospitalized dermatology patients who underwent meshed split‐thickness skin grafting for lower extremity ulceration due to a variety of causes performed by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Miami over a 3‐year period (1990–1993). RESULTS Twenty‐nine patients with 36 ulcers were grafted. Greater than 90% of ulcers had initial graft take. At long‐term follow‐up, 52% of ulcers were healed, 26% were partially healed, and 22% recurred. CONCLUSION We conclude that meshed split‐thickness skin grafting is a safe and effective therapy for recalcitrant lower extremity ulcers. Copyright © 1995, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

publication date

  • January 1, 1995

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 701

end page

  • 703

volume

  • 21

issue

  • 8