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      A new technique for delayed primary closure of fasciotomy wounds

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      Injury

      Elsevier BV

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          Abstract

          Fasciotomy for compartment syndrome in the lower limb is a surgical emergency to preserve future limb function. The advised standard procedure involves both medial and lateral dermotomy in addition to the fasciotomy. There is often concern before and after performing fasciotomy about the cosmetic appearance and prolonged hospital stay if split skin grafting is required to cover the resultant skin defect. This is the case in over 50% of lower limb fasciotomies. We have used a technique of subcuticular prolene suture, first described for the delayed primary closure of contaminated abdominal wounds, in six patients who had undergone lower limb fasciotomies. In all of these cases delayed primary closure was easily achieved without the need for skin grafting. Experiments using a synthetic skin model have shown a 60% reduction in suture tension when compared with interrupted vertical mattress suturing. The subcutaneous prolene suture has the advantage of being both the method of approximation and final closure whilst spreading tension evenly across the wound edges without causing skin edge necrosis. It appears to be simpler and more economical than any technique so far described for the successful delayed primary closure of fasciotomy wounds.

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          Journal
          Injury
          Injury
          Elsevier BV
          00201383
          January 2000
          January 2000
          : 31
          : 1
          : 21-24
          Article
          10.1016/S0020-1383(99)00193-X
          10716046
          18265b1c-727b-4538-9d0d-715012295a8a
          © 2000

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