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April 1976

Grafting the Unhealed Perineal Wound After Coloproctectomy for Crohn Disease

Author Affiliations

From the departments of plastic surgery (Dr Anderson) and coloproctology (Dr Turnbull), Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(4):335-338. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360220031005

• The unhealed perineal wound following proctectomy for Crohn disease is a most unfortunate and disabling complication; treatment has been generally unsuccessful and disappointing.

Since 1967, we have managed these wounds by skin-grafting the raw surface of the saucerized wound, rather than by attempting to obliterate the cavity. The graft is applied to the defect two or three days after wide débridement and saucerization. No attempt is made to cover more than the readily accessible raw surface. The graft is first dressed on the third postoperative day, and daily thereafter. The patient receives 40 units of corticotropin (ACTH) daily during his hospital stay; the drug therapy is continued in smaller dosage for several months.

Results to date have been satisfactory, with seven wounds totally dry, and 37 resurfaced sufficiently so as to make the amount of drainage negligible. Four patients had results classified as poor.

(Arch Surg 111:335-338, 1976)