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Scar contracture

Edited by: Sadanori Akita, Rajeev B. Ahuja

Scar contracture after traumatic injury can result in severe functional problems, pain and issues with esthetics. In joint areas, it often leads to limited range of motion, deformity and even disability, which is especially true in pediatric patients.The most powerful treatment option for contracture release and reconstruction is by surgical procedures, in which skin grafts and flaps have been successfully used, although it is still unclear which procedure is most effective. Furthermore, achieving a balance between scar resurfacing and minimizing donor site morbidity is a challenging problem that depends on the size of the area involved, the region of involvement, and the availability of the non scarred tissue for use as skin flaps.

This thematic collection covers recent understanding in molecular pathogenesis of  burn scar contracture, surgical treatment methods and innovative strategies including growth factor, and stem cell therapies in management of scar contracture.

This series was published in Burns & Trauma

  1. Joint contracture is the major clinical complication in burn patients, especially, the severe burn patients. This study aimed to investigate the number and severity of joint contractures in patients with burns...

    Authors: Jianglin Tan, Jian Chen, Junyi Zhou, Huapei Song, Huan Deng, Ming Ao, Gaoxing Luo and Jun Wu
    Citation: Burns & Trauma 2019 7:17
  2. A neck scar contracture can severely and negatively affect the function of mastication, phonic, or breathing and result in neck pain and issues with esthetics. The best way is of course to avoid such contractu...

    Authors: Sadanori Akita, Kenji Hayashida, Satoshi Takaki, Yoshihisa Kawakami, Takuto Oyama and Hiroyuki Ohjimi
    Citation: Burns & Trauma 2017 5:22
  3. Burn contractures produce restrictions in motion and unacceptable aesthetic results, frequently with persistent wounds. Proper planning and tissue selection are essential to minimize donor site morbidity optim...

    Authors: Kenji Hayashida and Sadanori Akita
    Citation: Burns & Trauma 2017 5:9
  4. Patients with burn scars often experience functional problems because of scar contractures. Surgical treatment may be indicated for those burn scar contractures. If the contractures are small and linear, the c...

    Authors: C. M. Stekelenburg, R. E. Marck, P. D. H. M. Verhaegen, K. W. Marck and P. P. M. van Zuijlen
    Citation: Burns & Trauma 2017 5:5