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July 1987

Readily Available Full-Thickness Mucous Membrane Graft

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(7):770-771. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860070084023

• A uniformly thin, nonfatty, full-thickness mucous membrane graft measuring a minimum of 4 × 5 cm is described for an unusual clinical problem, total symblepharon. The donor graft's ready availability from a normal maxillary sinus, its ideal grafting characteristics, and minimal donor site morbidity make it an ideal choice in many other clinical situations. This thin yet full-thickness graft minimizes graft contracture and maximizes rapidity of graft "take," making it an excellent choice for tracheal or laryngeal relining procedures, release of oral cavity scar contractures, or pharyngeal reconstructions.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:770-771)

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