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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-18

A clinical study of post burn contracture on axilla & its management...

Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

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G I Nambi
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu-632004
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Objective: To analyze all cases of post burn axillary contracture in our department for 2½ years based on age, sex, side distribution. To study axillary contracture based on type, severity and various surgical options based on duration of hospital stay, complication rate, recontracture rate and patient compliance. Methods: A prospective analysis of all post burn contractures treated with contracture release with split skin graft and by flaps in our department. Results: Thirty one patients were included in our study. Male to female ratio was 1:3.42 ,left to right side involvement ration was 1:2.1 ,mean age of patients was 26.2. The commonest axilla contracture was type 1 and 2 with 58% having moderate contracture. When comparing surgical options for contracture release, compliance, post operative complications, re contracture rate and average hospital stay were less in flaps than in skin grafts.

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