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IS LYMPHATIC RECONSTITUTION POSSIBLE AFTER MESHED SKIN GRAFTING?

Q Ngo, H Suami, L Koelmeyer, H Mackie, S Munot, A Heydon-White, J Boyages

Abstract


Restorative potential of lymph transport after skin graft has rarely been discussed. We report a case of lymphatic reconstitution across meshed, split-thickness skin graft performed for a patient with necrotizing fasciitis. The patient underwent extensive circumferential soft tissue debridement of the lower leg and resurfacing of the skin defect with meshed split-thickness skin graft. Indocyanine green fluorescence lymphography was performed 3 years after surgery and demonstrated that injected dye in the foot traveled across the skin graft and reached to the adjacent native skin in the proximal region. Our observation revealed that transferred split-thickness skin graft possessed some potential to allow for transport of lymph fluid possibly owing to the retention of lymphatic capillaries.

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