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December 1971

Epidermal Grafting: An Original Technique and Its Application in Achromic and Granulating Areas

Author Affiliations

Cali, Colombia, SA

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Dermatology, Universidad Del Valle, and Hospital Universitario Del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(6):592-600. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000240016002

Achromic lesions are numerous and their significance is especially great in areas of the world with large numbers of dark-skinned individuals. Therapy has been difficult and discouraging. In a new surgical technique, isolated epidermis obtained by suction at 200 mm Hg is successfully used as a pigment-bearing graft to cover either achromic defects or granulating areas resulting from skin damage of diverse etiology. The procedure was useful in four typical cases.