We compared the split-thickness skin graft donor sites of hair bearing scalp ( n =86) and thigh ( n =27) in 113 patients, predominantly adults over a 6-month period. Donor site morbidity (pain, epithelialization, scars) was evaluated, including intensity and duration of pain, number of dressing changes, and duration of epithelialization of the wound. Graft thickness and quality was identical in the two groups. Patients with grafts from the scalp had fewer complaints than those with grafts from the thigh; they also had faster reepithelialization. Costs for staff and material related to the frequency and duration of dressing changes were significantly lower in patients with scalp grafts. The limited size of these grafts must be considered. The scalp as a donor site has the advantage of lower donor site morbidity with minimal pain and fast epithelialization. There was no scarring or alopecia in any of the patients.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 1, 2004
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