Reconstruction of postburn scar contracture of the neck by expanded skin flaps

Karacaoglan N., Uysal A.

Burns, vol.20, no.6, pp.547-550, 1994 (Scopus) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/0305-4179(94)90019-1
  • Journal Name: Burns
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.547-550
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Flexion contracture of the neck after burns can produce severe functional deformity. Excision and split or full thickness skin grafts, local or distant flaps, and free flaps have been used for reconstruction. Recently, tissue expansion has been introduced as an additional reconstructive procedure. We have used tissue expansion for reconstruction of postburn neck contractures. Twelve patients with ages that ranged from 9 to 34 years were treated with expanded fasciocutaneous supraclavicular and shoulder flaps. No flap necrosis has been seen. In two patients, recontracture occurred between the expanded flap and uninvolved skin. To date we have not seen any problems with nerve neuropraxia and impression on blood vessels. © 1994.