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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for the Management of Burn Scars.
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PMID:  22335776     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic and contracture scars are common problems after burn injuries and cause functional and cosmetic deformities. A wide variety of treatments has been advocated for postburn pathologic scars regression. Unfortunately, the reported efficacy has been variable. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), which mainly targets the fibroblasts in scar tissue, as an effective modality for scar treatment in burn patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An experimental study with ESWT was performed in 16 patients with postburn scars contractures, hypertrophic scars, or keloids twice a week for 6 weeks. Digital photographs were obtained and visual analogue scales were completed before and after treatment. RESULTS: Already after the first session, scars appeared more pliable, and color mismatch was less evident. At the end of the study period, all treated scars obtained a more acceptable appearance. CONCLUSIONS: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a feasible and cost-effective treatment in the management of postburn pathologic scars.
Paolo Fioramonti; Emanuele Cigna; Maria G Onesti; Pasquale Fino; Nefer Fallico; Nicolo Scuderi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1524-4725     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy.
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