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December 1959

Primary Repair of Defects Following the Surgical Removal of Tumors of the Face

Author Affiliations

R.N., Los Angeles
From the City of Hope National Medical Center and the Department of Surgery, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1959;79(6):921-938. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320120063008

Introduction  This exhibit, which was originally presented in backlighted color transparencies, is concerned with the repair of surgical defects resulting from wide excision of tumor-bearing areas in and about the face. These can be closed by a variety of methods, but whenever possible the use of adjacent tissue of full thickness in the form of a sliding Hap, which carries its own blood supply, is far and away the most desirable. This not only assures proper matching of color, texture, and thickness, but normal reactions to cold, heat, and sun corresponding to those of the surrounding area. Healing is by primary union and takes place rapidly.Examples of such use of adjacent tissue for primary repair about the face, and details of surgical techniques involved are demonstrated in a series of cases. As part of the exhibit, viewers were given a descriptive pamphlet including the description of data presented herein.

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