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Long term sensory function after minor partial thickness burn: A pilot study to determine if recovery is complete or incomplete.
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PMID:  24767141     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Acute burn damages skin architecture, including nerve endings, altering sensation and influencing recovery of quality of life and participation. It is established that sensation is reduced in scars after deep burn. However, it is unclear if sensory deficits exist in mild scars. The aim of this trial was to determine if sensory deficits persist in mature scars after minor partial thickness burn.
METHODS: This observational pilot involved 30 patients with 'good quality' scars (defined as VSS ≤5 at ≥6 months post-burn). Sensory function was compared in scars and site matched uninjured skin using von Frey filaments and two-point discrimination (2-PD). Multivariable regression was used to predict the influence of burn and confounders on sensory outcomes.
RESULTS: Both pressure and 2-PD distance were significantly greater in scar compared to uninjured sites, indicating reduced sensory function. For von Frey filaments, the median was 3.84 (IQR=1) in scars and 3.22 (IQR=1) for uninjured (p=0.001). For 2-PD, the median was 3.9cm (IQR=1.8) for scars and 2.6cm (IQR=1.6) for control sites (p=0.001).
CONCLUSION: Measureable sensory deficits persist in mature, good quality burn scars. These deficits may influence long-term recovery after minor partial thickness burn.
Joel Y Lim; Charis H Lum; Ashley J Tan; Teresa Jackson; Sally Burrows; Dale W Edgar; Fiona M Wood
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1409     ISO Abbreviation:  Burns     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
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Created Date:  2014-4-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.
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