Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Skin: grafting - overview

Synonym(s): Skin grafting

Contributor(s): Larry Booth, Rachel Murray, Patrick Pollock, Vetstream Ltd

Indications

  • Wounds where tissue loss results in insufficient skin to permit primary or secondary closure.
  • Large wounds in which healing by second intention will be prolonged and result in a large scar.
  • Wounds too large to heal by second intention without contracture reducing function, particularly adjacent to an important structure, eg eye, orifice, joint.

Types of graft

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Preparation of recipient bed

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Preparation of donor site

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technique

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Graft storage

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references fromPubMedpublished during the last 12 months.
  • Wilmink J M, van Den Boom R, van Weeren P R & Barneveld A (2006)The modified Meek technique as a novel method for skin grafting in horses: evaluation of acceptance, wound contraction and closure in chronic wounds. Equine Vet J38(4), 324-329PubMed.
  • Bristol D G (2005)Skin grafts and skin flaps in the horse. Vet Clin Equine21, 125-144PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Schumacher J (2006)Skin Grafting.In: Equine Surgery. 3rd edn. Ed: Auer J A & Stick J. W B Saunders, Philadelphia. pp 269-287.
  • Knottenbelt D C (2003)Handbook of Equine Wound Management.Saunders; Elsevier Science Ltd. ISBN-10: 070202693X; ISBN-13: 978-0702026935.


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