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Skin tensile strength modulation by compressive garments in burn patients. A pilot study.
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PMID:  11315656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Compression therapy is frequently used to prevent hypertrophy of post-burn scars. This pilot study was performed in 6 patients to assess non-invasive changes induced in the tensile strength of the skin before any clinical improvement can be perceived. Assessments were performed using a computerized suction device delivering three 5 s cycles of 500 mbar depression. Measurements were made at one-month intervals for three months after initiating the garment compression therapy. Comparisons were made between the intact skin, the ungrafted and grafted post-burn scars and the graft donor sites. Data show that garment compression therapy alters the tensile strength in the skin of all test sites. The most reliable variations consist of an increase in both the extensibility and elasticity of the tissues submitted to traction.
R Fournier; G E Piérard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical engineering & technology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0309-1902     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Eng Technol     Publication Date:    2000 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-23     Completed Date:  2001-08-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7702125     Medline TA:  J Med Eng Technol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Belgian SSTC Research Center 5596, Department of Dermatopathology, University Medical Center Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Biomedical Engineering
Burns / physiopathology*,  surgery,  therapy*
Cicatrix / physiopathology
Pilot Projects
Skin / physiopathology*
Skin Transplantation / physiology
Tensile Strength

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