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Skin loss 

Skin loss
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Skin loss
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Nada Al-Hadithy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199665549.003.0090
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date: 01 August 2021

Trauma injuries vary in type and severity, but most commonly involve burns, lacerations, fractures, and crush injuries. Plastic surgeons have always been involved in the treatment of trauma, and in the UK plastic surgery grew out of the surgical treatment of facial injuries during the world wars. A collaborative, multidisciplinary approach is recognized as being crucial to success in this area. The advancement of reconstructive plastic surgery techniques has revolutionized the treatment of trauma. The ability to repair and reconstruct soft tissue defects has led to vastly improved patient outcomes, particularly in cases involving open fractures of the lower limb. This chapter gives an overview of approaches to managing wounds and skin loss in the trauma patient.

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