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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-10

Live donor skin harvesting and the transplantation of human organs act (act no. 42 of 1994)

Consulting Plastic Surgeon, Mahi Hospital, Baroda, Gujarat, India

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Atul K Shah
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Wound closure in burns largely depends on application of Allograft human skin. Fresh or stored, this skin is of cadaver origin in many countries where skin banking has developed. In India, the burn surgeon has to rely on the supply of Allograft skin from living donors. In view of the restrictions implied by the legislations of the country on the organ transplantation, legal picture on skin harvesting from live donors is nearly clear. Skin is treated as tissue and not organ. Live donor skin harvesting requires voluntary authorization from the donor, and such consent must be obtained after making the donor understand the procedure and post procedure sequels.

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