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February 1977

Treatment of Full-Thickness Abdominal and Chest Wall Losses With Split-Thickness Skin Grafting

Arch Surg. 1977;112(2):217-219. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370020111015

• A 22-year-old man developed a large abdominal wall and sternal defect resulting from wound dehiscence. This was a sequel to two operations for gunshot wounds of the abdomen, the second one being for intraperitoneal abscess. The infected dehiscence was treated by the open method using povidoneiodine (Betadine) packs. As soon as the patient's condition permitted, split-thickness grafts were applied to the defect. One hundred percent success resulted, and convalescence of this critically ill patient was thereafter uninterrupted until discharge 31 days later. It is the authors' opinion that this method has a wider application than it is usually accredited.

(Arch Surg 112:217-219, 1977)