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What is the prevalence of hypertrophic scarring following burns?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12781605     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hypertrophic scarring after burns remains a major problem and is considered to be "common". Pressure garments are commonly used as treatment even though there is little sound data that they reduce the prevalence or magnitude of the scarring. In 1999 we began a study of the efficacy of pressure garments on forearm burns. After studying 30 patients, mainly white adults, we found no hypertrophic scar in either those treated with pressure or without. This prompted us to review the literature on the prevalence of hypertrophic scarring after burns and found only four articles with a relatively small number of patients and only three geographical locations. It became clear that the prevalence of hypertrophic scarring is really unknown. We then did a retrospective study of 110 burn survivors and counted all hypertrophic scars of all sizes and locations in all races and found the prevalence hypertrophic scarring to be 67% which conflicts with the published reports and our prospective study and suggests that further research is necessary. We concluded that a worldwide, prospective survey is necessary to establish the prevalence of hypertrophic scarring after burns. In this article we are calling for and offering to organize this survey.
Kristine M Bombaro; Loren H Engrav; Gretchen J Carrougher; Shelly A Wiechman; Lee Faucher; Beth A Costa; David M Heimbach; Frederick P Rivara; Shari Honari
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0305-4179     ISO Abbreviation:  Burns     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-03     Completed Date:  2003-09-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-302     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Therapy, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Burn Center, Seattle, WA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Burns / complications,  epidemiology*
Cicatrix, Hypertrophic / epidemiology*,  etiology
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Wound Healing / physiology

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