Burn scar contractures of the feet

Efficacy of bilateral simultaneous surgical correction

Prema Dhanraj, Faro Owiesy, Linda G. Phillips, Robert L. McCauley

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    Abstract

    Children who sustain large total body surface area (TBSA) burns with involvement of the lower extremities frequently sustain injuries to the dorsum of the feet. Burn scar contractures of the feet can develop as a sequela of the burn injury. Such contractures frequently require surgical correction. Many surgeons proceed with staged unilateral corrections when both feet are equally in need of operative intervention. The purpose of the study is to determine if the morbidity for correction of bilateral dorsal foot contractures is different from that for the correction of unilateral dorsal foot contractures. A retrospective review from January 1994 to July 1999 was undertaken. Forty-five patients with photographic record of burn scar contracture of the feet were identified. Twenty-five patients underwent staged unilateral surgical correction and twenty patients underwent simultaneous bilateral correction of the feet. All patients underwent surgical correction with split thickness skin grafts (STSG). No statistical difference was found in terms of mortality, development of contracture, or number of reconstructive procedures. However, the length of stay revealed the efficacy of the bilateral simultaneous release of the dorsal feet.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)814-819
    Number of pages6
    JournalBurns
    Volume28
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2002

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    Contracture
    Cicatrix
    Foot
    Body Surface Area
    Wounds and Injuries
    Burns
    Lower Extremity
    Length of Stay
    Morbidity
    Transplants
    Skin
    Mortality

    Keywords

    • Burn
    • Foot contractures
    • Simultaneous correction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Surgery

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    Burn scar contractures of the feet : Efficacy of bilateral simultaneous surgical correction. / Dhanraj, Prema; Owiesy, Faro; Phillips, Linda G.; McCauley, Robert L.

    In: Burns, Vol. 28, No. 8, 12.2002, p. 814-819.

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    Dhanraj, Prema ; Owiesy, Faro ; Phillips, Linda G. ; McCauley, Robert L. / Burn scar contractures of the feet : Efficacy of bilateral simultaneous surgical correction. In: Burns. 2002 ; Vol. 28, No. 8. pp. 814-819.
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