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A pilot study of noninvasive methods to assess healed acute and chronic wounds.
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PMID:  10632685     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: A variety of instruments are available that can objectively assess physical parameters of the skin such as strength, firmness, elasticity, hydration, and color, often undetected by clinical assessment. OBJECTIVE: To assess the physical properties of healed acute and chronic wounds using several noninvasive instruments. METHODS: Four patients with healed acute wounds and four patients with healed chronic wounds were studied using ballistometric, impedance, levarometric, and spectrophotometric measurements. RESULTS: In general, scars were harder, less elastic, dryer, and more erythematous than control skin. These differences were more pronounced in healed chronic wounds. CONCLUSION: A scar from an acute surgical wound becomes softer, more elastic, dryer, less erythematous, and less pigmented as it ages. In contrast, chronic wound scars become harder as they age. These different properties of healed acute wounds and healed chronic wounds may be a result of the different healing processes in each wound type.
D Q Ho; Y M Bello; G L Grove; J Manzoor; A P Lopez; C R Zerweck; E A Pierce; J L Werkheiser; T J Phillips
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-08-17     Completed Date:  2000-08-17     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  42-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Biopsy, Needle
Chronic Disease
Cicatrix / pathology
Electric Conductivity
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Skin / metabolism,  pathology
Skin Physiological Phenomena
Varicose Ulcer / pathology
Wound Healing*

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