2011, Number 1
Cir Plast 2011; 21 (1)
Cuenca-Pardo J, Peralta-Conde D
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ABSTRACTIn the Burn Unit of the «Dr. Victorio de la Fuente Narvaez» Traumatology Hospital of the Social Security Mexican Institute, 13 patients with face burns were treated: 7 men (53.8%) and 6 women (46.2%) between 18 and 65 years old (28.8 ± 12.8 average), with superficial, partial, and total thickness burns. They were treated within 72 hours, with tangential excision of burns and covered with lyophilized pig submucosa. In superficial and partial thickness burns, epithelial regeneration was 100% in a period of 7 to 14 days (8.8 ± 2.4 average), with a strong epithelium, pink, and with no scarring. Total thickness burns had an epithelialization mainly at the edges in an area of 20 to 40% over a period of three weeks; the rest was as residual wounds with a good recipient bed for skin autografts. No patient had infections or injury extension. There were no complications. The treatment of face burns with early excision and wound coverage with pig submucosa is a very effective procedure, since the superficial and partial thickness burns, complete regeneration is achieved with a good skin cover and in the total thickness burns, it improves the recipient bed, which expedites better integration of skin grafts and reduces scarring.