Clinical Applications of Skin Bank Bioproducts

Published on Jan 1, 2020
· DOI :10.1007/978-3-030-45351-0_42
Linda Tognetti10
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Ernesto DePiano1
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+ 10 AuthorsPietro Rubegni32
Estimated H-index: 32
(UNISI: University of Siena)
Although the main field of application of homologous skin grafts from donor skin is extensive burns, they can be successfully used in a variety of critical and/or hard-to-heal wounds. Wound closure after post-traumatic injuries and/or localized at peculiar body sites (head and neck, oral cavity, lower legs) is particularly challenging and can often be delayed due to local and systemic factors (e.g., bacterial burden, infections, diabetic neuropathy, and pressure). In these cases, integrated medical-surgical approach based on the use of skin bank bioproducts, i.e., homologous skin and dermal grafts, should be considered. By acting as a physiological biological dressing and scaffold, these products add several advantages, such as pain control, protection of deep structures (e.g., tendons, bones, cartilage, and nerves), stimulation of a functional new dermis (rather than a scar) and of re-epithelization with a significant reduction in wound closure time.
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