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The premise underlying the meshed split skin graft that fragments of skin less than 1 mm wide are not viable is challenged, and a method is described for chopping split skin into fragments as small as 40 microns square. These tiny particles are viable and have been used to graft granulating wounds, achieving up to twenty-fold expansion without a decrease in the healing rate.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/s0007-1226(89)90120-3

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br j plast surg

Publication Date

01/1989

Volume

42

Pages

88 - 91

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Granulation Tissue, Humans, Methods, Skin, Skin Transplantation, Varicose Ulcer, Wounds and Injuries