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  1. Nanofibrillar cellulose wound dressing in skin graft donor site treatment.

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    Hakkarainen, T; Koivuniemi, R; Kosonen, M; Escobedo-Lucea, C; Sanz-Garcia, A; Vuola, J; Valtonen, J; Tammela, P; Mäkitie, A; Luukko, K; Yliperttula, M; Kavola, H

    2016-12-28

    Although new therapeutic approaches for burn treatment have made progress, there is still need for better methods to enhance wound healing and recovery especially in severely burned patients. Nanofibrillar cellulose (NFC) has gained attention due to its renewable nature, good biocompatibility and excellent physical properties that are of importance for a range of applications in pharmaceutical and biomedical fields. In the present study, we investigated the potential of a wood based NFC wound dressing in a clinical trial on burn patients. Previously, we have investigated NFC as a topical functionalized wound dressing that contributes to improve wound healing in mice. Wood based NFC wound dressing was tested in split-thickness skin graft donor site treatment for nine burn patients in clinical trials at Helsinki Burn Centre. NFC dressing was applied to split thickness skin graft donor sites. The dressing gradually dehydrated and attached to donor site during the first days. During the clinical trials, physical and mechanical properties of NFC wound dressing were optimized by changing its composition. From patient 5 forward, NFC dressing was compared to commercial lactocapromer dressing, Suprathel® (PMI Polymedics, Germany). Epithelialization of the NFC dressing-covered donor site was faster in comparison to Suprathel®. Healthy epithelialized skin was revealed under the detached NFC dressing. NFC dressing self-detached after 11-21days for patients 1-9, while Suprathel® self-detached after 16-28days for patients 5-9. In comparison studies with patients 5-9, NFC dressing self-detached on average 4days earlier compared with Suprathel®. Lower NFC content in the material was evaluated to influence the enhanced pliability of the dressing and attachment to the wound bed. No allergic reaction or inflammatory response to NFC was observed. NFC dressing did not cause more pain for patients than the traditional methods to treat the skin graft donor sites. Based on the

  2. Skin grafts 2: management of donor site wounds in the community.

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    Beldon, Pauline

    2003-09-01

    Skin grafting is a surgical procedure used to quickly restore skin integrity in large wounds or those wounds which cannot be directly closed by suturing. The procedure of skin grafting necessitates the creation of a second wound; the donor site. Although often viewed as secondary importance by surgeons once skin has been harvested from the area, it is the donor site which frequently causes complications such as pain/discomfort and slow healing (Wilkinson, 1997). Because skin graft sites and donor sites are viewed as part of a specialist practice, their wound management is regarded as being 'something different'. However, the donor site is a partial-dermal thickness wound and should be seen as such, rather than a 'special' wound. This may help to lessen the anxiety felt by both patient and nurse in dealing with donor site wounds.

  3. Skin graft

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  4. Tolerogenicity of Donor MHC-matched Skin Grafts in Previously Tolerant MGH Miniature Swine1

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    Weiner, Joshua; Scalea, Joseph; Ishikawa, Yoshinori; Okumi, Masayoshi; Griesemer, Adam; Hirakata, Atsushi; Etter, Justin; Gillon, Bradford; Moran, Shannon; Shimizu, Akira; Yamada, Kazuhiko; Sachs, David H.

    2012-01-01

    Background Long-term tolerance (LTT) of class I disparate renal allografts in miniature swine can be induced by a short-course of cyclosporine and persists for 3 to 4 months after grafts are removed. Donor class I peptide immunization 6 weeks after graftectomy of tolerated kidneys leads to sensitization but, donor skin grafts do not. Here, we tested the hypothesis that skin grafts prevent rejection following simultaneous peptide administration and skin grafting. Methods Miniature swine underwent bilateral nephrectomy and class I mismatched renal transplantation with a 12-day course of CyA to induce LTT. Tolerated allografts were then replaced with recipient-matched kidneys, and animals were challenged with simultaneous donor-type skin grafts and peptide. Six-weeks later, second donor-matched kidneys were transplanted without immunosuppression and immune responses were characterized. Results Animals treated only with peptide (n=2) rejected subsequent renal transplants in 3–5 days with strong in-vitro anti-donor responses. Of five recipients of skin-plus-peptide, two accepted kidneys long-term, one demonstrated modestly prolonged survival (11 days) and two rejected rapidly (5–7 days). The two long-term acceptors maintained donor-specific hyporesponsiveness in vitro. Conclusions Sensitization by class I peptide in previously tolerant swine could be prevented by simultaneous class I skin grafts. These data suggest that skin grafts may actually augment rather than abrogate down-regulation in some cases. A mechanistic hypothesis for this surprising result is that recognition of class I antigens via the direct rather than indirect pathway of antigen presentation promotes tolerance by expanding regulatory T cells. PMID:23269447

  5. Honey Dressing Accelerates Split-Thickness Skin Graft Donor Site Healing.

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    Subrahmanyam, M

    2015-12-01

    The management of the donor site after harvesting a skin graft is an important issue, as patients often report more discomfort at the donor site than at the recipient site. There is, however, a plethora of dressings available for the treatment and management of donor sites, yet, there is no widely accepted method established for these partial thickness wounds. Honey has been found to be useful in the treatment of burns and other wounds, split-thickness skin graft donor sites are like partial thickness burn wounds and honey's healing effect on burn wound can also be expected on these types of wounds. Therefore, this study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of honey on skin graft donor sites. From 2002 to 2004, 100 patients who have undergone skin grafting for various reasons formed the material of the randomized study divided into two groups of 50 each in honey-treated group and Vaseline gauze-treated group. Graft donor site area ranged from 30 to 48 cm(2), mean 32.6 cm(2). In the group treated with honey, 90 % of the patients had nil or only moderate pain, whereas in the group treated with Vaseline gauze,88 % had nil or mild pain (p > 0.001, not significant). There were no allergic reactions in any of the patients in either group. On opening of the dressing on the 7th day, epithelialization has occurred in 48 patients as compared to 39 in group 2, i.e., donor sites treated with Vaseline gauze (p < 0.05, statistically significant). By the 10th day, all the wounds healed in honey-treated group, whereas 76 % of wounds healed in Vaseline gauze-treated group (p < 0.05). At 1 month follow-up, the results were comparable in both groups, with regard to patient satisfaction. In conclusion, honey-impregnated gauze causes less pain and heals donor sites wounds faster with good cosmetic result.

  6. How to dress donor sites of split thickness skin grafts: a prospective, randomised study of four dressings.

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    Persson, K; Salemark, L

    2000-03-01

    We investigated the effects of four dressings on donor sites of split thickness skin grafts. Eighty patients undergoing elective split thickness skin grafting were randomly allocated to one of four groups. The dressings were paraffin gauze, polyurethane foam, polyethane film, and polyurethane film. The main outcome measures were pain and discomfort, healing of donor sites, and time to remove dressings. Polyurethane film caused less pain and discomfort and was also easiest to remove. There were no differences in healing among the four groups.

  7. Analyzing contraction of full thickness skin grafts in time: Choosing the donor site does matter.

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    Stekelenburg, Carlijn M; Simons, Janine M; Tuinebreijer, Wim E; van Zuijlen, Paul P M

    2016-11-01

    In reconstructive burn surgery full thickness skin grafts (FTSGs) are frequently preferred over split thickness skin grafts because they are known to provide superior esthetic results and less contraction. However, the contraction rate of FTSGs on the long term has never been studied. The surface area of FTSGs of consecutive patients was measured during surgery and at their regular follow up (at approximately 1, 6,13 and 52 weeks postoperatively) by means of 3D-stereophotogrammetry. Linear regression analysis was conducted to assess the influence of age, recipient- and donor site and operation indication. 38 FTSGs in 26 patients, with a mean age of 37.4 (SD 21.9) were evaluated. A significant reduction in remaining surface area to 79.1% was observed after approximately 6 weeks (p=0.002), to 85.9% after approximately 13 weeks (p=0.040) and to 91.5% after approximately 52 weeks (p=0.033). Grafts excised from the trunk showed significantly less contraction than grafts excised from the extremities (94.0% vs. 75.7% p=0.036). FTSGs showed a significant reduction in surface area, followed by a relaxation phase, but remained significantly smaller. Furthermore, the trunk should be preferred as donor site location over the extremities. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  8. Local full-thickness skin graft of the donor arm--a novel technique for the reduction of donor site morbidity in radial forearm free flap.

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    Riecke, B; Assaf, A T; Heiland, M; Al-Dam, A; Gröbe, A; Blessmann, M; Wikner, J

    2015-08-01

    A novel technique to reduce donor site morbidity after radial forearm free flap (RFFF) harvest, using a local full-thickness skin graft (FTSG), is described. Thirty consecutive patients undergoing RFFF for head and neck reconstruction were enrolled in a prospective study. Donor site defect closure was performed with spindle-shaped FTSGs excised from the wavelike skin incision made for the vascular pedicle. Both the removal site of the FTSG on the volar forearm and the covered RFFF donor site healed uneventfully in 29 cases, with no impairment of function related to the skin graft. No skin graft failure and no exposure, tenting, or adherence of the flexor tendons occurred. All patients expressed satisfaction with postoperative pain, the functional outcome, and cosmetic appearance. Primary donor site defect closure could be achieved in all cases with the use of a local FTSG. This graft can be gained at the access incision for the vascular pedicle, avoids expansion of the incision for a local flap technique, and does not prolong wound healing, and thus reduces both donor site and graft site morbidity of the RFFF. This technique leads to an inconspicuous aesthetic result with no apparent relevant functional deficits and avoids the need for a second donor site.

  9. Using a castor oil-balsam of Peru-trypsin ointment to assist in healing skin graft donor sites.

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    Carson, Stanley N; Wiggins, Christopher; Overall, Karen; Herbert, Jackie

    2003-06-01

    Skin graft donor sites are partial-thickness wounds that are commonly managed with gauze-type dressings. As such, they often cause more pain and difficulty in healing than the graft-recipient site. A retrospective study was conducted to ascertain the effects of using a castor oil-balsam of Peru-trypsin containing ointment on skin graft donor sites in 36 consecutive patients (16 female, 20 male). All donor sites were epithelialized after 11 days (range 6 to 11 days, mean 8 days) and no wound complications were observed. Given these healing results and product ease of use, this particular formulation has become the facilities' current treatment of choice and further study is indicated and warranted.

  10. The scalp as a donor site for split-thickness skin graft: a rare complication case report.

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    Robert, N; May, P; Binder, J P; Revol, M; Servant, J M

    2011-05-01

    The scalp is a useful and reliable donor site for the paediatric burn population that can be harvested several times with minimal morbidity. However, the scalp cannot be used as skin graft donor site with impunity. Scalp alopecia and chronic folliculitis can be observed among the complications. In these cases, the reconstruction phase offers different surgical procedures such as primary closure, staged excision or tissue expansion. We report the case of a patient (29-years-old), treated 20 years ago for second-degree burns covering up to 20% total body surface area (TBSA) by using thin split-thickness skin grafts of his scalp. As a teenager, he developed multiple episodes of folliculitis at the donor site of the scalp and then of recurrent abscesses, resistant to all existing medical treatments. Surgical treatment consisted in the skin excision of his scalp donor site which was immediately covered by a thin split-thickness skin graft. Four months after surgery, the patient was satisfied with the functional and aesthetic result. Copyright © 2010 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Adhesive retention dressings are more comfortable than alginate dressings on split skin graft donor sites--a randomised controlled trial.

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    Giele, H.; Tong, A.; Huddleston, S.

    2001-01-01

    A prospective randomised trial examining the effectiveness, comparative comfort and ease of care of two different split skin graft donor site dressings was performed. One of the dressings was an alginate (Kaltostat), and the other an adhesive retention tape (Mefix). Alginates are the standard plastic surgical dressing, whereas the use of adhesive retention tapes as a donor site dressing presents a novel use of a readily available product. A total of 30 consecutive patients requiring split skin grafts were randomised to receive either alginate or retention donor site dressings. Dressings were assessed by interview and questionnaire at 24 h and 48 h and at 2 weeks, and by wound review at 2 weeks. Retention dressings were found to be more comfortable. They also required less nursing care and attention. The retention dressings allowed the patients easier mobility and a greater range of daily activities, especially washing. There was no significant difference in wound healing nor in complications. Adhesive retention tape applied directly to the split skin graft donor site wound is an effective, cheap and comfortable dressing requiring little postoperative care. PMID:11777142

  12. Two Simple Leg Net Devices Designed to Protect Lower-Extremity Skin Grafts and Donor Sites and Prevent Decubitus Ulcer

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    2007-02-01

    Two Simple Leg Net Devices Designed to Protect Lower-Extremity Skin Grafts and Donor Sites and Prevent Decubitus Ulcer Travis L. Hedman, MPT, OCS... decubitus . Pressure ulcer is a serious health prob- lem and can cause pain, suffering, disability, and even death.1,2 The cost of treatment for a...single pressure decubitus has been estimated to be as high as $70,000.3 Therefore, prevention is paramount. The prevention of pressure ulcers is far less

  13. Hemicellulose dressing versus rayon dressing in the re-epithelialization of split-thickness skin graft donor sites: a multicenter study.

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    Ferreira, Lydia M; Blanes, Leila; Gragnani, Alfredo; Veiga, Daniela F; Veiga, Frederico P; Nery, Gilka B; Rocha, Gustavo Henrique H R; Gomes, Heitor C; Rocha, Mario G; Okamoto, Regina

    2009-08-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of a hemicellulose dressing with that of rayon dressing in the healing of split-thickness skin graft donor sites. Twenty-eight patients were selected from five different hospitals and randomized into two groups: hemicellulose dressing group and rayon dressing group. All patients underwent split-thickness skin grafting for various reasons, and the skin graft donor site wounds were covered with hemicellulose dressing (n=14) or rayon dressing (n=14). The donor site was assessed on postoperative days 1, 7, 14, 21, and 28 for hyperemia, pruritus, pain, exudate level, and adherence of the wound dressing. At the 60-day follow-up visit, the donor site was assessed again for pruritus and pain. Touch-pressure, thermal, and pain sensibility tests were performed preoperatively and on postoperative day 60 together with the assessment of color and texture of the re-epithelialized area. In all patients, re-epithelialization was completed between 14 and 21 days after surgery. There were no significant differences between the two groups with regard to pain, hyperemia, pruritus, exudate, and final appearance (color and texture) of the skin graft donor site. The rayon dressing provided significantly better adherence than the hemicellulose dressing, and both dressings showed similar results with regard to the parameters evaluated when used in the treatment of split-thickness skin graft donor sites.

  14. Two simple leg net devices designed to protect lower-extremity skin grafts and donor sites and prevent decubitus ulcer.

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    Hedman, Travis L; Chapman, Ted T; Dewey, William S; Quick, Charles D; Wolf, Steven E; Holcomb, John B

    2007-01-01

    Burn therapists routinely are tasked to position the lower extremities of burn patients for pressure ulcer prevention, skin graft protection, donor site ventilation, and edema reduction. We developed two durable and low-maintenance devices that allow effective positioning of the lower extremities. The high-profile and low-profile leg net devices were simple to fabricate and maintain. The frame was assembled using a three-quarter-inch diameter copper pipe and copper fittings (45 degrees, 90 degrees, and tees). A double layer of elasticized tubular netting was pulled over the frame and doubled back for leg support to complete the devices. The devices can be placed on any bed surface. The netting can be exchanged when soiled and the frame can be disinfected between patients using standard techniques. Both devices were used on approximately 250 patients for a total of 1200 treatment days. No incidence of pressure ulcer was observed, and graft take was not adversely affected. The devices have not required repairs or replacement. Medical providers reported they are easy to apply and effectively maintain proper positioning throughout application. Neither device interfered with the application of other positioning devices. Both devices were found to be an effective method of positioning lower extremities to prevent pressure ulcer, minimize graft loss and donor site morbidity, and reduce edema. The devices allowed for proper wound ventilation and protected grafted lower extremities on any bed surface. The devices are simple to fabricate and maintain. Both devices can be effectively used simultaneously with other positioning devices.

  15. Wound-healing improvement by resurfacing split-thickness skin donor sites with thin split-thickness grafting.

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    Bian, Yongqian; Sun, Chaofeng; Zhang, Xinping; Li, Yuejun; Li, Wangzhou; Lv, Xiaoxing; Li, Jing; Jiang, Li; Li, Jinqing; Feng, Jian; Li, Xue-Yong

    2016-02-01

    Split-thickness skin graft (STSG) donor site dressing has been controversial until now. Our study aimed to assess the patient comfort and wound-healing efficacy with the application of thin split-thickness skin grafts regrafting on STSG donor sites. One hundred ninety-two consecutive patients undergoing split-thickness skin grafting were included in the study, and the participants were randomly divided into the following three groups: group A was regrafted with thin STSGs and groups B and C were covered with occlusive hydrocellular dressing and paraffin gauze, respectively. The participants were compared according to the epithelialization time, pain and scar formation. The average time of epithelialization was 6.2 ± 1.1 days in group A, 11.1 ± 2.1 days in group B and 13.5 ± 2.5 days in group C. The pain scores on days 2 and 5 after operation were 2.3 ± 0.8 and 1.9 ± 0.8 in group A, 2.5 ± 1.1 and 3.9 ± 1.3 in group B, and 3.8 ± 1.4 and 5.9 ± 2.1 in group C. The scar scores at half a year and one year after operation were 4.3 ± 0.6 and 2.50 ± 0.6 in group A, 7.4 ± 0.6 and 6.2 ± 0.6 in group B, and 11.8 ± 0.4 and 10.9 ± 1.0 in group C, separately. The difference in the three groups was significant. Utilizing thin STSGs regrafting on donor sites could significantly shorten the epithelialization time, reduce pain and prevent hyperplastic scar formulation. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  16. The efficacy of combined herbal extracts gel in reducing scar development at a split-thickness skin graft donor site.

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    Chuangsuwanich, Apirag; Arunakul, Satida; Kamnerdnakta, Sirichai

    2013-08-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of combined herbal extracts in a gel preparation (Cybele(®) Scagel) in reducing scar development at a split-thickness skin graft donor site. A prospective, randomized, double-blind control study was performed to evaluate the efficacy of Scagel in 15 patients who underwent a split-thickness skin graft operation. Both Scagel and placebo were applied equally to the donor site within 1 month after complete epithelialization. Scar assessments using the Vancouver Scar Scale (VSS) and patient self-evaluation were taken at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks. Of the 15 patients, 10 were enrolled and evaluated in this study. There was no significant difference in each parameter of the VSS. The total VSS was significantly lower in the Scagel group compared to the placebo group after 4 weeks (p = 0.003, 0.003, and <0.001 at 4, 8, and 12 weeks, respectively). The patient satisfaction score in the Cybele(®) Scagel group was significantly higher (p = 0.002) at the 12-week evaluation. Application of combined herbal extracts in gel preparation might reduce scar development at split-thickness skin graft donor sites. There was a positive trend in the reduction of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors www.springer.com/00266 .

  17. Phenylephrine tumescence in split-thickness skin graft donor sites in surgery for burn injury- a concentration finding study.

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    Mitchell, Ryan T M; Funk, Duane; Spiwak, Rae; Logsetty, Sarvesh

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the lowest concentration of subcutaneous phenylephrine (neosynephrine) required for effective vasoconstriction in skin graft donor sites. Surgery for burn injury is associated with blood loss. Tourniquet use and tumescence with epinephrine have decreased blood loss. However, absorption of epinephrine has been reported with systemic effects. Phenylephrine, an α1-adrenergic receptor agonist, has vasoconstrictive properties similar to epinephrine's without other α-adrenergic or β-adrenergic activity. The aim of this study is to determine the lowest effective concentration of phenylephrine that will provide vasoconstriction in split-thickness graft donor sites. By using intensive care unit equivalency tables, the authors estimated a concentration of phenylephrine on the basis of current epinephrine tumescence. This concentration was titrated up or down according to an algorithm established a priori, determining the minimum concentration that achieved vasoconstriction in three consecutive patients. The primary outcome was local vasoconstriction. Secondary outcomes measured were pre-, intra-, and postoperative mean arterial pressure, systolic pressure and heart rate, graft take, and donor site healing. The subjects were six otherwise healthy adult patients (five men and one woman) with a mean age of 36 years. The average TBSA was 737.5 cm². Vasoconstriction was achieved at 5 μg/ml. No significant alterations in hemodynamic measures were observed. The optimal concentration of phenylephrine for prevention of bleeding in donor sites appears to be 5 μg/ml. Participants will be able to identify the effects of phenylephrine and epinephrine tumescence. They will also identify the concentration at which phenylephrine will be effective in donor sites.

  18. Comparison among Op-site, polyvinyl chloride film and tulle gauze in the treatment of skin graft donor sitet.

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    Poonyakariyagorn, Theerapong; Sirimaharaj, Wimon; Pinchai, Opart; Angspatt, Apichai

    2002-04-01

    A prospective analytic study was performed at the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, King Chulalongkorn Memorial University Hospital and the Department of Surgery, Chiang Mai University Hospital to compare among Polyvinyl chloride film (PVC film), Op-site and tulle gauze in the treatment of skin graft donor site. From October 1998 to January 2000, 81 donor sites in the same number of patients were treated by three different methods; tulle gauze (26 patients), Op-site (27 patients) and PVC film (28 patients). Each wound was followed until it was completely healed and visual analogue scale was used for pain evaluation. Donor site dressed with PVC film had a healing time of 10.44 days which was not different from Op-site (10.54 days) but significantly faster (p<0.001) than tulle gauze (17.84 days). Pain as measured with visual analogue scale in the group of PVC film (1.48) was not different from Op-site (1.34) but significantly less than (p<0.001) tulle gauze (5.45). There was no difference in the rate of infection between each group. In conclusion, the authors found no difference between Op-site and PVC film in healing time and pain. Both of them were better than tulle gauze. The results demonstrate the usefulness of PVC film as a donor site dressing as it promises relatively rapid healing, less pain and is inexpensive.

  19. Randomized placebo-controlled human pilot study of cold atmospheric argon plasma on skin graft donor sites.

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    Heinlin, Julia; Zimmermann, Julia L; Zeman, Florian; Bunk, Wolfram; Isbary, Georg; Landthaler, Michael; Maisch, Tim; Monetti, Roberto; Morfill, Gregor; Shimizu, Tetsuji; Steinbauer, Julia; Stolz, Wilhelm; Karrer, Sigrid

    2013-01-01

    Cold atmospheric plasma has already been shown to decrease the bacterial load in chronic wounds. However, until now it is not yet known if plasma treatment can also improve wound healing. We aimed to assess the impact of cold atmospheric argon plasma on the process of donor site healing. Forty patients with skin graft donor sites on the upper leg were enrolled in our study. The wound sites were divided into two equally sized areas that were randomly assigned to receive either plasma treatment or placebo (argon gas) for 2 minutes. Donor site healing was evaluated independently by two blinded dermatologists, who compared the wound areas with regard to reepithelialization, blood crusts, fibrin layers, and wound surroundings. From the second treatment day onwards, donor site wound areas treated with plasma (n = 34) showed significantly improved healing compared with placebo-treated areas (day 1, p = 0.25; day 2, p = 0.011; day 3, p < 0.001; day 4, p < 0.001; day 5, p = 0.004; day 6, p = 0.008; day 7, p = 0.031). Positive effects were observed in terms of improved reepithelialization and fewer fibrin layers and blood crusts, whereas wound surroundings were always normal, independent of the type of treatment. Wound infection did not occur in any of the patients, and no relevant side effects were observed. Both types of treatment were well tolerated. The mechanisms contributing to these clinically observed effects should be further investigated.

  20. Management of split-thickness skin graft donor site: a prospective clinical trial for comparison of five different dressing materials.

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    Demirtas, Yener; Yagmur, Caglayan; Soylemez, Fatih; Ozturk, Nuray; Demir, Ahmet

    2010-11-01

    Split-thickness skin grafting (STSG) is a frequently used reconstructive technique but is associated with a large variation regarding the management of the donor site. The aim of this study is to compare five different dressings for management of the STSG donor site in a prospective trial. 100 consecutive patients, in whom reconstruction with STSG was performed, were included into the study. The grafts are harvested in a standard manner and the donor sites were dressed with one of the following materials: Aquacel® Ag, Bactigras® with Melolin®, Comfeel® Plus Transparent, Opsite® Flexigrid and Adaptic®. The materials are compared regarding to the time required for complete epithelialization, pain sensed by the patients, incidence of infection, scar formation, ease of application and the cost. The earliest complete epithelialization was observed for Aquacel® Ag and the latest for Bactigras® with Melolin®·Comfeel® Plus Transparent was the most painless dressing and Bactigras® with Melolin® was the most painful. The incidence of infection was highest for Bactigras® with Melolin®·Opsite® Flexigrid was the most economical dressing and Aquacel® Ag was the most expensive one. The aim is to provide the earliest complete epithelialization with minimal patient discomfort and lower cost in management of the STSG donor sites. None of the tested materials were ideal regarding these criteria, but Comfeel® Plus Transparent, as the least painful and one of the most economical materials, may be offered as the dressing of choice among the tested materials. Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  1. A polyurethane dressing is beneficial for split-thickness skin-graft donor wound healing.

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    Akita, Sadanori; Akino, Kozo; Imaizumi, Toshifumi; Tanaka, Katsumi; Anraku, Kuniaki; Yano, Hiroki; Hirano, Akiyoshi

    2006-06-01

    Few comparative studies have been performed on the various wound-dressing materials or methods proposed for use. To clarify the efficacy of wound dressing, 35 patients (17 females, aged 44.8+/-26.86 years and 18 males, aged 35.4+/-29.70) were subjected to a prospective study comparing a polyurethane dressing and a hydrogel dressing for split-thickness skin donors from the lateral thighs. We examined their clinical usefulness such as accelerated healing time, frequency of changing the dressing, degree of pain, or amount of exudates, and performed moisture meter analysis at 1 month and 1 year after re-epithelialization, which reflects the quality of the stratum corneum and subsequent scarring. The polyurethane dressing was superior to hydrogel in the wound healing time, amount of exudates, and frequency of dressing changes: the hydrogel was better for regulating the degree of pain. There was a positive correlation between transepidermal water loss and the effective contact coefficient, which indicates skin barrier function and affected by skin surface electrolytes and reflects water content, in moisture meter analysis (r(2)=0.32, p<0.01). Transepidermal water loss returned to the control level at 1 year after healing with both dressings. The effective contact coefficient of the polyurethane wound was significantly lower than that of hydrogel at 1 month (p<0.01), while both dressing wounds demonstrated significantly higher values at both 1 month and 1 year compared to the control (p<0.01). The polyurethane dressing is therefore superior both clinically and in moisture meter analysis.

  2. Evaluation of Human Amniotic Membrane as a Wound Dressing for Split-Thickness Skin-Graft Donor Sites

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    Loeffelbein, Denys J.; Rohleder, Nils H.; Eddicks, Matthias; Baumann, Claudia M.; Stoeckelhuber, Mechthild; Wolff, Klaus-D.; Drecoll, Enken; Steinstraesser, Lars; Hennerbichler, Simone; Kesting, Marco R.

    2014-01-01

    Human amniotic membrane (HAM) has been used as a biomaterial in various surgical procedures and exceeds some qualities of common materials. We evaluated HAM as wound dressing for split-thickness skin-graft (STSG) donor sites in a swine model (Part A) and a clinical trial (Part B). Part A: STSG donor sites in 4 piglets were treated with HAM or a clinically used conventional polyurethane (PU) foil (n = 8 each). Biopsies were taken on days 5, 7, 10, 20, 40, and 60 and investigated immunohistochemically for alpha-smooth muscle actin (αSMA: wound contraction marker), von Willebrand factor (vWF: angiogenesis), Ki-67 (cell proliferation), and laminin (basement membrane integrity). Part B: STSG donor sites in 45 adult patients (16 female/29 male) were treated with HAM covered by PU foam, solely by PU foam, or PU foil/paraffin gauze (n = 15 each). Part A revealed no difference in the rate of wound closure between groups. HAM showed improved esthetic results and inhibitory effects on cicatrization. Angioneogenesis was reduced, and basement membrane formation was accelerated in HAM group. Part B: no difference in re-epithelialization/infection rate was found. HAM caused less ichor exudation and less pruritus. HAM has no relevant advantage over conventional dressings but might be a cost-effective alternative. PMID:25003117

  3. Failure to Influence the Rejection Time of Homologous Skin Grafts in the Rabbit by Prior Injection of Donor Blood*

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    Piomelli, S.; Brooke, M. S.

    1961-01-01

    Intravenous injection of rabbits with homologous whole blood or erythrocytes did not influence the rejection time of subsequent grafts from the blood donors. In some animals warm agglutinins developed, and donor erythrocytes labelled with chromium had an immune disappearance slope. PMID:14486825

  4. [Kidney grafts from elderly donors].

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    Hiesse, Christian; Pessione, Fabienne; Cohen, Sophie

    2003-06-07

    FROM AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW: The epidemiology of renal transplantation had greatly changed over the past 10 years. The increasing number of patients with renal failure and candidates for transplantation increases the demand for grafts, whereas the sampling rate of organs remains stable. The mean age of the donors is rising, hence underlining the question of the use of organs of so-called "borderline" quality. THE WEAK POINTS OF ELDERLY GRAFTS: Aging of the kidneys affects the structure of the parenchyma and renal function, which decreases, notably in hypertensive persons. The elderly graft exhibits a critical mass of nephrons that is insufficient to fulfil the functional requirements of a poorly equipped recipient. The recipient is more sensitive to the added agressions: prolonged ischemia and immunological and medicinal agressions. THE RESULTS OF RENAL GRAFT FROM ELDERLY DONORS: They are quantitatively and qualitatively inferior to those of renal transplants from "ideal" donors. The donor's age is a significant factor influencing negatively influences the survival of the transplanted kidney, but dependent on past vascular history. Good results regarding the maintenance of dialysis are obtained by selecting the donors and by avoiding added risk factors. THE ASSESSMENT OF A GRAFT FROM AN ELDERLY DONOR: This, basically, relies on clinical criteria: donor's history, cause of death and accurate measurement of the renal function. A biopsy of the graft, at the time of sampling, provides useful information. TRANSPLANTATION STRATEGY OF A GRAFT FROM AN ELDERLY DONOR: Donor-recipient matching by age is a common approach. Grafting of both kidneys in the same recipient is a method presently under assessment. The episode of ischemia must be reduced and the immunosuppressive therapy adapted.

  5. Skin graft - slideshow

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    ... ency/presentations/100100.htm Skin graft - series—Normal anatomy To use the sharing features on this page, ... 2017 Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason ...

  6. Platelet-rich plasma-containing fragmin-protamine micro-nanoparticles promote epithelialization and angiogenesis in split-thickness skin graft donor sites.

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    Takabayashi, Yuki; Ishihara, Masayuki; Sumi, Yuki; Takikawa, Makoto; Nakamura, Shingo; Kiyosawa, Tomoharu

    2015-01-01

    Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains multiple growth factors, and fragmin-protamine micro-nanoparticles (F-P M-NPs) significantly enhance and stabilize growth factors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of PRP-containing F-P M-NPs (PRP&F-P M-NPs) on wound repair in split-thickness skin graft (STSG-) donor sites (DS). A total of 56 inbred male rats were anesthetized and split-thickness skin graft donor site (STSG-DS) were created with a Padgett dermatome. PRP&F-P M-NPs, F-P M-NPs, PRP, and saline (control) were then intradermally injected evenly into the STSG-DSs. On 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 d after creation of STSG-DS, skin sample sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin to evaluate reepithelialization and angiogenesis. Treatment of STSG-DS with PRP&F-P M-NPs effectively promoted epithelialization and new vessel formation compared with those treated with PRP, F-P M-NPs, and control (saline). The intradermal injection of PRP&F-P M-NPs promotes epithelialization and angiogenesis in STSG-DS wounds. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Split-thickness skin graft donor site management. A randomized prospective trial comparing a hydrophilic polyurethane absorbent foam dressing with a petrolatum gauze dressing.

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    Weber, R S; Hankins, P; Limitone, E; Callender, D; Frankenthaler, R M; Wolf, P; Goepfert, H

    1995-10-01

    Traditionally, skin graft donor sites have been covered with fine-mesh gauze dressings, and a dry eschar has been allowed to form. Newer dressings that can provide a moist wound environment may facilitate reepithelialization. We compared a hydrophilic semipermeable absorbent polyurethane foam dressing that provides a moist wound environment with a petrolatum gauze dressing for donor sites. Prospective randomized trial; follow-up at 14 days. Department of head and neck surgery in a tertiary care center. Sixty-eight eligible patients received one of the two dressings. Harvested skin grafts were 0.375-mm (0.015-in) thick; donor site surface areas were recorded. At postoperative day 14, the dressings were removed, and wound epithelialization was scored: 1, none; 2, scattered or spotty; and 3, complete. Donor site and operative site pain intensities were assessed by a visual numeric scale: none (0) to the worst (100) experienced over the preceding 24-hour period. Pain scores were available for 58 patients. Dressings were compared based on these criteria: healing at 14 days, infection, and donor site and operative site pain. A healing score of 3 was seen in 37% (14/38) of patients with hydrophilic semipermeable absorbent polyurethane foam dressings and in 17% (5/30) of patients with petrolatum gauze dressings (P = .06) by day 14. Overall, however, mean healing scores were similar in both groups. Mean healing scores for the patients who received a hydrophilic semipermeable absorbent polyurethane foam dressing was 2.3 (SD = 0.6) vs 2.2 (SD = 0.6) for patients who received the petrolatum gauze dressing (P = .20). Numbers of days required for complete epithelialization in these groups were 20.6 (SD = 10.1) and 19.3 (SD = 5.1), respectively (P = .49). One infection occurred in the group who received the petrolatum gauze dressing. The mean maximum pain intensity scores were lower for those who were given the hydrophilic semipermeable absorbent polyurethane foam dressing on

  8. Application of crystalline cellulose membrane (Veloderm) on split-thickness skin graft donor sites in burn or reconstructive plastic surgery patients.

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    Liu, Jian; Li, Yeyang; Rong, Xinzhou; Lin, Weihua; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Bingshun; Li, Xiaoyi Benjamin; Jiang, Su; Zhang, Qin

    2013-01-01

    The present study was performed in China to compare the efficacy and safety of an advanced wound dressing made of crystalline cellulose (Veloderm) to a conventional treatment of three Vaseline gauzes in the management of skin donor sites of burns or reconstructive plastic surgery. In this prospective, multicenter, open-labeled, randomized clinical trial performed in three Chinese burn centers in China, 96 patients who required autologous split skin graft were randomized into either the test (Veloderm) group or the control (Vaseline gauze) group. Average healing times in the test group and in the control group were 8.40±2.90 and 8.92±2.58 days, respectively, with median values of 7.00 and 8.00 days, respectively: the difference between two groups was statistically significant (P=.045). Scores for exudates, pain intensity, and peripheral erythema showed no difference between the groups; however, composite scores of three variables on day 10 postoperatively was significantly lower in the test group (0.00±0.00 vs. 0.13±0.49; P = .043). The need for a dressing change was also significantly lower in the test group (12.5 vs. 31.25%; P = .036). Veloderm is a safe and effective dressing that may offer some advantages over the traditional application of Vaseline gauze in the management of donor sites in burn or reconstructive plastic surgery patients.

  9. Alginate dressing and polyurethane film versus paraffin gauze in the treatment of split-thickness skin graft donor sites: a randomized controlled pilot study.

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    Kaiser, Dominik; Hafner, Jürg; Mayer, Dieter; French, Lars E; Läuchli, Severin

    2013-02-01

    To compare postoperative healing of split-thickness skin graft (STSG) donor sites using traditional dressings (paraffin gauze) or modern wound dressings (alginate dressing and polyurethane film) in a randomized controlled trial. Thirty patients were randomly assigned to treatment of an STSG donor site with an alginate dressing and a polyurethane film or nonadherent paraffin gauze. Outcome variables were pain (measured with a visual analog scale), amount of dressing changes, healing time, cosmetic outcome, treatment costs, and overall satisfaction with the procedure. There was no significant difference in pain (postoperative day 1: 2.1 vs 1.2, P = .26; postoperative days 5-7: 1.0 vs 0.9, P = .47; final removal: 1.9 vs 1.0, P = .19) and time to healing (18.1 vs 15.4 days, P = .29) between alginate/polyurethane film dressing and nonadherent paraffin gauze. The semiocclusive dressings with polyurethane film required multiple dressing changes, whereas the nonadherent paraffin gauze could be left in place until complete epithelialization. Treatment costs were substantially lower for paraffin gauze. Semiocclusive dressings with alginate dressings and polyurethane film showed no advantages over treatment with paraffin gauze. With lower costs and better patient acceptance, paraffin gauze dressings were the preferred treatment for STSG donor sites.

  10. Novel expansion techniques for skin grafts

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    Kadam, Dinesh

    2016-01-01

    The quest for skin expansion is not restricted to cover a large area alone, but to produce acceptable uniform surfaces, robust engraftment to withstand mechanical shear and infection, with a minimal donor morbidity. Ease of the technique, shorter healing period and reproducible results are essential parameters to adopt novel techniques. Significant advances seen in four fronts of autologous grafting are: (1) Dermal–epidermal graft expansion techniques, (2) epidermal graft harvests technique, (3) melanocyte-rich basal cell therapy for vitiligo and (4) robust and faster autologous cell cultures. Meek's original concept that the sum of perimeter of smaller grafts is larger than the harvested graft, and smaller the graft size, the greater is the potential for regeneration is witnessed in newer modification. Further, as graft size becomes smaller or minced, these micrografts can survive on the wound bed exudate irrespective of their dermal orientation. Expansion produced by 4 mm × 4 mm sized Meek micrografts is 10-folds, similarly 0.8 mm × 0.8 mm size micrografts produce 100-fold expansion, which becomes 700-fold with pixel grafts of 0.3 mm × 0.3 mm size. Fractional skin harvest is another new technique with 700 μ size full thickness graft. These provide instant autologous non-cultured graft to cover extensive areas with similar quality of engraftment surface as split skin grafts. Newer tools for epidermal blister graft harvest quickly, with uniform size to produce 7-fold expansions with reproducible results. In addition, donor area heals faster with minimal scar. Melanocyte-rich cell suspension is utilised in vitiligo surgery tapping the potential of hair root melanocytes. Further advances in the cell culture to reduce the cultivation time and provide stronger epidermal sheets with dermal carrier are seen in trials. PMID:27274117

  11. Retroauricular full-thickness skin grafts in syndactyly repair: outcome and comparison with inguinal full-thickness skin grafts: retrospective (cross-sectional) study.

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    Sulser, Patrizia S; Kalisch, Markus; Weber, Daniel M

    2016-10-01

    Most surgeons recommend the use of full-thickness skin grafts for syndactyly repair. Common donor sites include the groin and elbow, but only one publication has previously mentioned retroauricular skin. No publication has compared the results for full-thickness skin grafts between retroauricular and other donor sites. This study aims at comparing functional and aesthetic outcomes and parents' satisfaction with retroauricular vs inguinal full-thickness skin grafts. Eleven children with retroauricular and 15 with inguinal full-thickness skin grafts were included in this retrospective study. Examination included the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale, parent satisfaction, and a colour match measurement. Both pigmentation match and parents' overall impression of the donor site were significantly better for retroauricular than for inguinal full-thickness skin grafts. Due to the excellent pigmentation match and the inconspicuousness of the donor site, this study recommends the use of retroauricular full-thickness skin grafts for syndactyly repair.

  12. Lipid-colloid dressing shows improved reepithelialization, pain relief, and corneal barrier function in split-thickness skin-graft donor wound healing.

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    Tanaka, Katsuya; Akita, Sadanori; Yoshimoto, Hiroshi; Houbara, Seiji; Hirano, Akiyoshi

    2014-09-01

    Donor-site wound healing was tested with a nonadherent petrolatum- and hydrocolloid-impregnated polyester, a lipid-colloid dressing, and a nonadherent polyester dressing, supplemented with petrolatum manually by a physician onsite. Ten patients, 1 woman and 9 men (22 to 79 years old; average 58.4 ± 17.54 years), were enrolled in this prospective comparison study. The split-thickness skin graft was 14.5 ± 7.49 cm long × 8.2 ± 4.07 cm wide (5.5-27 cm long and 4.0-14.0 wide) and 14/1000 inches (0.356 mm) deep. The degree of reepithelialization in lipid-colloid dressing was significantly better than that in polyester mesh dressing, with 1.7 ± 1.00 and 2.8 ± 0.83 for the lipid-colloid dressing and polyester mesh dressing, respectively (P < .05), and degree of pain was significantly lower in lipid-colloid dressing than that in polyester dressing, 1.7 ± 1.11 and 2.9 ± 1.12 for the lipid-colloid dressing and polyester mesh dressing, respectively (P < .01). In moisture meter analyses, the values of effective contact coefficient and corneal thickness in lipid-colloid at wound healing was significantly smaller than those in polyester mesh (effective contact coefficient: 11.7 ± 1.87% and 15.6 ± 3.09% for lipid-colloid and polyester mesh, respectively, P < .05; corneal thickness: 31.1 ± 6.65 µm and 40.7 ± 8.69 µm for lipid-colloid and polyester mesh, respectively, P < .05). No significant difference was observed at 1 month after healing. The nonadherent lipid-colloid polyester dressing has superior wound healing and pain relief and demonstrates better corneal barrier function delineated by effective contact coefficient and corneal thickness at healing in split-thickness donors.

  13. A new method for skin grafting in murine model.

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    Pakyari, Mohammadreza; Farokhi, Ali; Khosravi-Maharlooei, Mohsen; Kilani, Ruhangiz T; Ghahary, Aziz; Brown, Erin

    2016-07-01

    Skin transplantation provides an excellent potential model to investigate the immunology of allograft rejection and tolerance induction. Despite the theoretical ease of performing skin transplantation, as well as the potential of directly observing the reaction to the transplanted tissue, the poor reliability of skin transplantation in the mouse has largely precluded the use of this model. Furthermore, there is controversy regarding the most appropriate skin graft donor site due to poor success of back skin transplantation, as compared with the thinner ear or tail skin. This study demonstrates a reliable method to successfully perform skin grafts in a mouse model, as well as the clinical and histologic outcome of syngeneic grafts. A total of 287 grafts were performed (in 126 mice) utilizing donor skin from the ear, tail or back. No graft failure or postoperative mortality was observed. Comparison of this technique with two previously established protocols of skin transplantation (5.0 absorbable Suture + tissue glue technique and no-suture technique) demonstrates the significant improvement in the engraftment success of the new technique. In summary, a new technique for murine skin grafting demonstrates improved reliability across donor site locations and strains, increasing the potential for investigating interventions to alter the rejection process. © 2016 by the Wound Healing Society.

  14. Skin grafting for venous leg ulcers.

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    Jones, June E; Nelson, E Andrea; Al-Hity, Aws

    2013-01-31

    Venous leg ulceration is a recurrent, chronic, disabling condition. It affects up to one in 100 people at some time in their lives. Standard treatments are simple dressings and compression bandages or stockings. Sometimes, despite treatment, ulcers remain open for months or years. Sometimes skin grafts are used to stimulate healing. These may be taken, or grown into a dressing, from the patient's own uninjured skin (autografts), or applied as a sheet of bioengineered skin grown from donor cells (allograft). Preserved skin from other animals, such as pigs, has also been used (xenografts). To assess the effect of skin grafts for treating venous leg ulcers. For this update we modified the search strategies and conducted searches of The Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register (searched 27 July 2012); The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2012, Issue 7); Ovid MEDLINE (2008 to July Week 3 2012); Ovid MEDLINE (In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations, July 26, 2012); Ovid EMBASE (2008 to 2012 Week 29); and EBSCO CINAHL (2008 to 26 July 2012). We did not apply date or language restrictions. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of skin grafts in the treatment of venous leg ulcers. Two review authors independently undertook data extraction and assessment of study quality. For this update of the review, we identified one new trial, bringing the total to 17 trials (1034 participants) - all of which were generally at moderate or high risk of bias. In 12 trials participants also received compression bandaging.Eleven trials compared a graft with standard care in which no graft was used. Two of these trials (102 participants) compared a dressing with an autograft; three trials (80 participants) compared frozen allografts with dressings, and two trials (45 participants) compared fresh allografts with dressings. Two trials (345 participants) compared tissue-engineered skin (bilayer artificial skin) with a dressing. In two trials (97

  15. Suction blister skin grafting--a modern application.

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    Parbhoo, A V; Simpson, M T

    2014-03-01

    The suction blistering technique produces an ultra-thin skin graft with no morbidity at the donor site. Negative pressure using wall suction in outpatients is used to generate a graft that can be used for reconstruction, and it avoids the need for invasive procedures in patients with coexisting conditions. The harvested tissue has a low metabolic demand and survival is excellent. We used it in a patient when previous reconstructions after excision of skin cancer had failed. Graft survival was more than 95% by surface area and there was no donor site morbidity. We have found it particularly useful for grafting over Integra® dermal regeneration template (Integra LifeSciences Corporation, NJ, USA) to produce healing at difficult sites. Patients tolerate the procedure well and the donor site heals quickly. It is useful where recipient vascularity is poor or where coexisting conditions prevent complex procedures. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  16. Autologous keratinocyte suspension in platelet concentrate accelerates and enhances wound healing – a prospective randomized clinical trial on skin graft donor sites: platelet concentrate and keratinocytes on donor sites

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    2013-01-01

    Background Wound healing involves complex mechanisms, which, if properly chaperoned, can enhance patient recovery. The abilities of platelets and keratinocytes may be harnessed in order to stimulate wound healing through the formation of platelet clots, the release of several growth factors and cytokines, and cell proliferation. The aim of the study was to test whether autologous keratinocyte suspensions in platelet concentrate would improve wound healing. The study was conducted at the Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland in 45 patients, randomized to three different topical treatment groups: standard treatment serving as control, autologous platelet concentrate (PC) and keratinocytes suspended in autologous platelet concentrate (PC + K). Split thickness skin graft donor sites were chosen on the anterolateral thighs of patients undergoing plastic surgery for a variety of defects. Wound healing was assessed by the duration and quality of the healing process. Pain intensity was evaluated at day five. Results Healing time was reduced from 13.9 ± 0.5 days (mean ± SEM) in the control group to 7.2 ± 0.2 days in the PC group (P < 0.01). An addition of keratinocytes in suspension further reduced the healing time to 5.7 ± 0.2 days. Pain was reduced in both the PC and PC + K groups. Data showed a statistically detectable advantage of using PC + K over PC alone (P < 0.01). Conclusion The results demonstrate the positive contribution of autologous platelets combined with keratinocytes in stimulating wound healing and reducing pain. This strikingly simple approach could have a significant impact on patient care, especially critically burned victims for whom time is of the essence. Clinical trial registry information Protocol Record Identification Number: 132/03 Registry URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov PMID:23570605

  17. The immunogenicity of glycerol-preserved donor skin.

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    Hettich, R; Ghofrani, A; Hafemann, B

    1994-01-01

    Previous clinical observations have suggested that the application of glycerol-preserved donor skin as a temporary wound dressing provokes a weaker rejection reaction than fresh, vital donor skin. Like others, we frequently observed that considerable parts of the allodermis not only remained on the wound for an extended period of time, but even became re-epithelialized in some cases. In order to quantify this effect, we applied the mixed lymphocyte culture (MLC) test in a rat model, using the two highly inbred, histoincompatible rat strains DA and Lewis as donor and recipient respectively. Using the methodology of the Euro Skin Bank, Beverwijk, The Netherlands, split thickness skin, excised from the back of the rats, was equilibrated in 98 per cent glycerol. The immunological reaction after grafting vital DA-skin, glycerolized DA-skin onto Lewis rats, and vital as well as glycerolized Lewis-skin onto Lewis rats was compared. The results of these experiments do not support the clinical observations that the glycerolization procedure results in decreased immunogenicity of donor skin.

  18. Bioengineered Self-assembled Skin as an Alternative to Skin Grafts

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    Climov, Mihail; Medeiros, Erika; Farkash, Evan A.; Qiao, Jizeng; Rousseau, Cecile F.; Dong, Shumin; Zawadzka, Agatha; Racki, Waldemar J.; Al-Musa, Ahmad; Sachs, David H.; Randolph, Mark A.

    2016-01-01

    For patients with extensive burns or donor site scarring, the limited availability of autologous and the inevitable rejection of allogeneic skin drive the need for new alternatives. Existing engineered biologic and synthetic skin analogs serve as temporary coverage until sufficient autologous skin is available. Here we report successful engraftment of a self-assembled bilayered skin construct derived from autologous skin punch biopsies in a porcine model. Dermal fibroblasts were stimulated to produce an extracellular matrix and were then seeded with epidermal progenitor cells to generate an epidermis. Autologous constructs were grafted onto partial- and full-thickness wounds. By gross examination and histology, skin construct vascularization and healing were comparable to autologous skin grafts and were superior to an autologous bilayered living cellular construct fabricated with fibroblasts cast in bovine collagen. This is the first demonstration of spontaneous vascularization and permanent engraftment of a self-assembled bilayered bioengineered skin that could supplement existing methods of reconstruction. PMID:27482479

  19. Prospective trial of thick vs standard split-thickness skin grafts in burns of the hand.

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    Mann, R; Gibran, N S; Engrav, L H; Foster, K N; Meyer, N A; Honari, S; Costa, B A; Heimbach, D M

    2001-01-01

    For best function and appearance, thick skin grafts for hands are generally preferred to thinner grafts. But how thick is thick enough? This prospective randomized trial was designed to compare 0.015-inch skin grafts for burned hands to hand grafts that are 0.025 inches thick. Consecutive patients receiving skin grafts to hands were randomized to have sheet grafts using donor sites of 0.015-inch or 0.025-inch thickness. To prevent delayed healing and potential hypertrophic scarring, the thick graft donor sites were grafted with 0.008-inch grafts. There were no significant differences in range of motion, final appearance, or patient satisfaction between the two groups at 1 year. There were problems with donor site healing in both groups. We recommend that hand grafts for adults be at least 0.015 inches thick but do not see an advantage to the use of very thick (0.025-inch) grafts, even with thin split-thickness skin grafts to the donor site.

  20. Keratoacanthoma formation after skin grafting: A brief report and pathophysiological hypothesis.

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    Lee, Senhong; Coutts, Ian; Ryan, Andrew; Stavrakoglou, Anastasios

    2016-06-07

    Keratoacanthoma formation after skin grafting is rare. We report the third case in the literature of multiple keratoacanthomas developed at both split-thickness skin graft donor and recipient sites. We provide possible explanations for this poorly understood phenomenon and highlight its implications on treatment options.

  1. Cultured Skin Substitutes Reduce Donor Skin Harvesting for Closure of Excised, Full-Thickness Burns

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    Boyce, Steven T.; Kagan, Richard J.; Yakuboff, Kevin P.; Meyer, Nicholas A.; Rieman, Mary T.; Greenhalgh, David G.; Warden, Glenn D.

    2002-01-01

    Objective Comparison of cultured skin substitutes (CSS) and split-thickness skin autograft (AG) was performed to assess whether donor-site harvesting can be reduced quantitatively and whether functional and cosmetic outcome is similar qualitatively in the treatment of patients with massive cutaneous burns. Summary Background Data Cultured skin substitutes consisting of collagen-glycosaminoglycan substrates populated with autologous fibroblasts and keratinocytes have been shown to close full-thickness skin wounds in preclinical and clinical studies with acceptable functional and cosmetic results. Methods Qualitative outcome was compared between CSS and AG in 45 patients on an ordinal scale (0, worst; 10, best) with primary analyses at postoperative day 28 and after about 1 year for erythema, pigmentation, pliability, raised scar, epithelial blistering, and surface texture. In the latest 12 of the 45 patients, tracings were performed of donor skin biopsies and wounds treated with CSS at postoperative days 14 and 28 to calculate percentage engraftment, the ratio of closed wound:donor skin areas, and the percentage of total body surface area closed with CSS. Results Measures of qualitative outcome of CSS or AG were not different statistically at 1 year after grafting. Engraftment at postoperative day 14 exceeded 75% in the 12 patients evaluated. The ratio of closed wound:donor skin areas for CSS at postoperative day 28 was significantly greater than for conventional 4:1 meshed autografts. The percentage of total body surface area closed with CSS at postoperative day 28 was significantly less than with AG. Conclusions The requirement for harvesting of donor skin for CSS was less than for conventional skin autografts. These results suggest that acute-phase recovery of patients with extensive burns is facilitated and that complications are reduced by the use of CSS together with conventional skin grafting. PMID:11807368

  2. Delayed Graft Function 5 Months After Living Donor Kidney Transplantation

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    Schulz, Tim; Pries, Alexandra; Kapischke, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    Patient: Female, 59 Final Diagnosis: Delayed kidney graft function Symptoms: — Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Living donor kidney transplantation Specialty: Transplantology Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: Delayed graft function is a clinical term to describe the failure of the transplanted kidney to function immediately after transplantation. Case Report: A 59-year-old woman suffered from a rare case of delayed graft function lasting 148 days after unrelated living donor kidney transplantation. Until now, 15 years after transplantation, organ function is still good, with serum creatinine levels about 1.4 to 2.0 mg/dl. Conclusions: Even after prolonged graft dysfunction, good graft function can be achieved. PMID:26915643

  3. Pediatric penile reconstruction using autologous split-thickness skin graft.

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    Diaz, E C; Corcoran, J F; Johnson, E K

    2016-06-01

    This video provides a case report of penis entrapment secondary to excessive skin removal during circumcision. It highlights the technical aspects of pediatric penile reconstruction using autologous split-thickness skin graft (STSG). Key points include: 1. Infection prevention is paramount and antibiotic prophylaxis is routine. 2. The usual harvest site for the STSG is the lateral thigh because of its source of glabrous skin and convenient proximity to the penis. The lateral thigh is also outside of the diapered area, which helps lessen postoperative pain and infectious risks. 3. A dermatome is used to harvest the STSG. Skin thickness for penis coverage at this age is usually 10-12/1000 of an inch. 4. Direct contact of the graft and wound bed is essential for graft uptake. Hemostasis of the wound bed is critical to prevent hematoma formation. Elimination of redundant tissue is also important to ensure maximal contact between the graft and underlying wound bed. 5. A pressure dressing or bolster is used to prevent shear, and provide contact between the graft and wound bed for at least the first 5 days. 6. A semi-occlusive dressing, Tegaderm, was used on the donor site and it is believed that it provides a moist environment conducive for epithelial and dermal healing. 7. Lymphedema can result if excess distal penile skin is not excised. It is prudent to limit the amount of mucosal collar or consider direct anastomosis to the glans.

  4. Clinical Experience and Best Practices Using Epidermal Skin Grafts on Wounds.

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    Kirsner, Robert S; Bernstein, Brent; Bhatia, Animesh; Lantis, John; Le, Lam; Lincoln, Katherine; Liu, Paul; Rodgers, Lee; Shaw, Mark; Young, David

    2015-11-01

    Over the years, autologous skin grafting has been used extensively to achieve wound closure, optimize a functional scar, and improve aesthetic outcomes for the patient. Although a vast majority of the literature is on the use of full-thickness and split-thickness skin grafts, epidermal skin grafts (ESGs) have emerged as a viable option in the reconstructive ladder when only the epidermal layer is needed. These grafts are distinct from other types of autologous skin grafts in that they can be harvested without anesthesia and leave minimal or no scarring at the donor site. In order to explore the use of ESGs in the continuum of primary wound closure, a multidisciplinary expert panel convened in October 2014, in Las Vegas, NV, to review the scientific basis and clinical uses of epidermal grafting. This publication provides an overview of epidermal grafting, recommendations for graft application, and potential roles for its use in wound care and closure.

  5. Nodular Basal cell carcinoma arising in a split-thickness skin graft of the scalp.

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    Angelos, Tyler M; Larsen, Michael T; Janz, Brian A

    2013-10-01

    We present the first known case of basal cell carcinoma arising in a split-thickness skin graft in the United States. The apparent low incidence of basal cell carcinoma in split-thickness skin graft attests to its unique environment and could possibly be attributed to the following: (1) the donor sites for split-thickness skin grafts are usually areas that are not subjected to heavy sun exposure; (2) individuals with skin grafts may not live as long on average, or their skin grafts may be subsequently excised with further reconstructive procedures; and (3) cases may be underreported. Because basal cell carcinomas have a fairly benign course, many patients either do not present to a physician or are not reported. This case shows that a split-thickness skin graft can have an adequate microenvironment for the development of basal cell carcinoma.

  6. Photoacoustic detection of neovascularities in skin graft

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    Yamazaki, Mutsuo; Sato, Shunichi; Saitoh, Daizo; Ishihara, Miya; Okada, Yoshiaki; Ashida, Hiroshi; Obara, Minoru

    2005-04-01

    We previously proposed a new method for monitoring adhesion of skin graft by measuring photoacoustic (PA) signal originated from the neovascularities. In this study, immunohistochemical staining (IHC) with CD31 antibody was performed for grafted skin tissue to observe neovascularity, and the results were compared with PA signals. We also used a laser Doppler imaging (LDI) to observe blood flow in the grafted skin, and sensitivity of PA measurement and that of LDI were compared. In rat autograft models, PA signals were measured for the grafted skin at postgrafting times of 0-48 h. At 6 h postgrafting, PA signal was observed in the skin depth region of 500-600 mm, while the results of IHC showed that angiogenesis occurred at the depth of about 600 mm. Depths at which PA signal and angiogenesis were observed decreased with postgrafting time. These indicate that the PA signal observed at 6 h postgrafting originated from the neovascularities in the skin graft. Results of LDI showed no blood-originated signal before 48 h postgrafting. These findings suggest that PA measurement is effective in monitoring the adhesion of skin graft in early stage after transplantation.

  7. The use of Biobrane® to dress split-thickness skin graft in paediatric burns.

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    Farroha, A; Frew, Q; El-Muttardi, N; Philp, B; Dziewulski, P

    2013-06-30

    Biobrane(®) is commonly used in paediatric burns to cover partial thickness burns and donor sites of split thickness skin (SSG). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the use of Biobrane(®) in dressing SSG adjacent to skin graft donor sites or partial thickness burns. A retrospective review was undertaken to determine the use of Biobrane(®) in dressing SSG, where the grafted areas were adjacent to donor sites or partial thickness burns. Between 2009 and 2012, we reported five cases of using Biobrane(®) to dress SSG, where the grafted areas were adjacent to partial thickness burns and two cases where the grafted areas were adjacent to donor sites. Biobrane(®) promoted adherence of the SSG to the wound, prevented shearing, and allowed fluid drainage. At the same time, Biobrane(®) also facilitated healing of the adjacent donor sites or partial thickness burns.

  8. Second Unrelated Donor Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Primary Graft Failure

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    Schriber, Jeffrey; Agovi, Manza-A.; Ho, Vincent; Ballen, Karen K.; Bacigalupo, Andrea; Lazarus, Hillard M.; Bredeson, Christopher N.; Gupta, Vikas; Maziarz, Richard T.; Hale, Gregory A.; Litzow, Mark R.; Logan, Brent; Bornhauser, Martin; Giller, Roger H.; Isola, Luis; Marks, David I.; Rizzo, J. Douglas; Pasquini, Marcelo C.

    2010-01-01

    Failure to engraft donor cells is a devastating complication after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We describe the results of 122 patients reported to the National Marrow Donor Program between 1990 and 2005, who received a second unrelated donor HCT after failing to achieve an absolute neutrophil count of ≥ 500/ μL without recurrent disease. Patients were transplanted for leukemia (n=83), myelodysplastic disorders (n=16), severe aplastic anemia (n=20) and other diseases (n=3). The median age was 29 years. Twenty-four patients received second grafts from a different unrelated donor. Among 98 patients who received a second graft from the same donor, 28 received products that were previously collected and cryopreserved for the first transplantation. One-year overall survival after second transplant was 11% with 10 patients alive at last follow up. We observed no differences between patients who received grafts from the same or different donors, or in those who received fresh or cryopreserved product. The outcomes after a second allogeneic HCT for primary graft failure are dismal. Identifying risk factors for primary graft failure can decrease the incidence of this complication. Further studies are needed to test whether early recognition and hastened procurement of alternative grafts can improve transplant outcomes for primary graft failure. PMID:20172038

  9. Foam-rubber stents for skin grafts.

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    Larson, P O

    1990-09-01

    A variety of stents are used to immobilize skin grafts and to hold them firmly to the recipient site. Tie-down stents, the most common type, are constructed from bulky, sterile dressing and are overtied with suture material. These stents are often cumbersome to apply. As an alternative, stents made from foam-rubber pads (Reston, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN) were stapled over skin grafts. These stents could be applied quickly, and they maintain continuous, uniform pressure on the immobilized grafts.

  10. Use of split thickness plantar skin grafts in the treatment of hyperpigmented skin-grafted fingers and palms in previously burned patients.

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    Moon, Suk-Ho; Lee, So-Young; Jung, Sung-No; Kim, Sang-Wha; Seo, Bommie F; Kwon, Ho; Sohn, Won-Il

    2011-06-01

    Palmar and finger burns are often seen in children, and are usually as a result of contact burns. Some patients with deep hand burns are treated with full-thickness or split-thickness skin grafts. Skin graft is commonly used for hand reconstruction. However, the grafted skin would be more pigmented than the adjacent skin and different from skin texture. 19 patients who showed hyperpigmentation after skin graft of finger and palm were treated. They all were injured by hand burns. We performed mechanical dermabrasion of the hyperpigmentation scar and application of a split thickness skin harvested from medial aspect of plantar of foot. Patients were asked about their level of satisfaction with the procedure and scar appearance was assessed using a five-point Likert scale. Also scar appearances were assessed using a Vancouver Scar Scale (VSS). The grafts were completely taken in all 19 patients. The color of the graft became similar to adjacent tissue. 15 patients were very satisfied, and four patients were relatively satisfied. The average score of the patients postoperative appearance improvement was 4.5 (improved to significantly improved postoperative appearance). Average VSS score was improved from 9.53 to 2.53. There was no hypertrophic scar on plantar donor site. The technique of the split-thickness plantar skin graft after mechanical dermabrasion is simple and provided good results in both color and texture for the patients who showed hyperpigmentation after grafting.

  11. Skin Grafting Impairs Postsynaptic Cutaneous Vasodilator and Sweating Responses

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    Davis, Scott L.; Shibasaki, Manabu; Low, David A.; Cui, Jian; Keller, David M.; Purdue, Gary F.; Hunt, John L.; Arnoldo, Brett D.; Kowalske, Karen J.; Crandall, Craig G.

    2009-01-01

    This study tested the hypothesis that postsynaptic cutaneous vascular responses to endothelial-dependent and -independent vasodilators, as well as sweat gland function, are impaired in split-thickness grafted skin 5 to 9 months after surgery. Intradermal microdialysis membranes were placed in grafted and adjacent control skin, thereby allowing local delivery of the endothelial-dependent vasodilator, acetylcholine (ACh; 1 × 10−7 to 1 × 10−1 M at 10-fold increments) and the endothelial-independent nitric oxide donor, sodium nitroprusside (SNP; 5 × 10−8 to 5 × 10−2 M at 10-fold increments). Skin blood flow and sweat rate were simultaneously assessed over the semipermeable portion of the membrane. Cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) was calculated from the ratio of laser Doppler-derived skin blood flow to mean arterial blood pressure. ΔCVC responses from baseline to these drugs were modeled via nonlinear regression curve fitting to identify the dose of ACh and SNP causing 50% of the maximal vasodilator response (EC50). A rightward shift in the CVC dose response curve for ACh was observed in grafted (EC50 = −2.61 ± 0.44 log M) compared to adjacent control skin (EC50 = −3.34 ± 0.46 log M; P = .003), whereas the mean EC50 for SNP was similar between grafted (EC50 = −4.21 ± 0.94 log M) and adjacent control skin (EC50 = −3.87 ± 0.65 log M; P = 0.332). Only minimal sweating to exogenous ACh was observed in grafted skin whereas normal sweating was observed in control skin. Increased EC50 and decreased maximal CVC responses to the exogenous administration of ACh suggest impairment of endothelial-dependent cutaneous vasodilator responses in grafted skin 5 to 9 months after surgery. Greatly attenuated sweating responses to ACh suggests either abnormal or an absence of functional sweat glands in the grafted skin. PMID:17438491

  12. Human Split-Thickness Skin Allograft from Brain-Dead Donors

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    Khodadadi, A.; Olang, O; Makhllough, A; Nozary Heshmati, B.; Azmoudeh Ardalan, F.; Tavakoli, S. A.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Looking for an appropriate skin substitute for temporary and permanent coverage of wounds remains one of the main obstacles of medical researchers. Objective: To investigate the rate of inflammation, symbiosis, and survival of grafted allograft skin from brain-dead donors (BDDs) in rabbits. Methods: After receiving negative serologic tests of BDDs, we prepared partial thickness skin grafts. They were then used in treating wounds of 5 rabbits in comparison with split-thickness skins taken from cardiac dead donors. Results: On histopathological examinations, we found no difference between the skins. All samples were separated from the baseline in 15–20 days. Conclusion: Gamma-irradiated freeze-dried human split-thickness skin taken from BDDs is safe and can be used for the treatment of deep skin burns. PMID:27721966

  13. Outcomes Using Grafts from Donors after Cardiac Death.

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    Doyle, M B Majella; Collins, Kelly; Vachharajani, Neeta; Lowell, Jeffrey A; Shenoy, Surendra; Nalbantoglu, Ilke; Byrnes, Kathleen; Garonzik-Wang, Jacqueline; Wellen, Jason; Lin, Yiing; Chapman, William C

    2015-07-01

    Previous reports suggest that donation after cardiac death (DCD) liver grafts have increased primary nonfunction (PNF) and cholangiopathy thought to be due to the graft warm ischemia before cold flushing. In this single-center, retrospective study, 866 adult liver transplantations were performed at our institution from January 2005 to August 2014. Forty-nine (5.7%) patients received DCD donor grafts. The 49 DCD graft recipients were compared with all recipients of donation after brain death donor (DBD) grafts and to a donor and recipient age- and size-matched cohort. The DCD donors were younger (age 28, range 8 to 60 years) than non-DCD (age 44.3, range 9 to 80 years) (p < 0.0001), with similar recipient age. The mean laboratory Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) was lower in DCD recipients (18.7 vs 22.2, p = 0.03). Mean cold and warm ischemia times were similar. Median ICU and hospital stay were 2 days and 7.5 days in both groups (p = 0.37). Median follow-ups were 4.0 and 3.4 years, respectively. Long-term outcomes were similar between groups, with similar 1-, 3- and 5-year patient and graft survivals (p = 0.59). Four (8.5%) recipients developed ischemic cholangiopathy (IC) at 2, 3, 6, and 8 months. Primary nonfunction and hepatic artery thrombosis did not occur in any patient in the DCD group. Acute kidney injury was more common with DCD grafts (16.3% of DCD recipients required dialysis vs 4.1% of DBD recipients, p = 0.01). An increased donor age (>40 years) was shown to increase the risk of IC (p = 0.006). Careful selection of DCD donors can provide suitable donors, with results of liver transplantation comparable to those with standard brain dead donors. Copyright © 2015 American College of Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Localization of the defect in skin diseases analyzed in the human skin graft-nude mouse model.

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    Briggaman, R A

    1980-01-01

    Human skin can be grown away from its donor for prolonged periods as grafts on congenitally athymic "nude" mice. This system has been used to analyze the defect in several skin diseases, specifically to localize the site of the defect to the skin itself or to the epidermal or dermal components of the skin. In order to validate the use of the nude mouse human skin graft system in the analysis of skin defects, we have demonstrated that a systemic metabolic defect which involves the skin, namely essential fatty acid deficiency, can be differentiated from a defect residing primarily in the skin itself. Skin-marker systems have been developed for use with the nude mouse-human skin graft model to document the identity of human skin grafts and epidermal and dermal components of the grafts after prolonged periods of growth on the nude athymic mice. Y-body, a small fluorescent segment of the Y-chromosome seen in interphase cells, is used as a sex marker and serves to distinguish sex differences between the graft and the mouse recipient or between skin components of the graft. The ABH "blood-group" antigens are present on differentiated epidermal cell surfaces and identify the grafted epidermis according to the blood groups of the donor. In previous studies, lamellar ichthyosis was shown to be well maintained after prolonged periods of growth on nude athymic mice, indicating that the defect in this disease resides in the skin itself. Recombinant grafts composed of normal and lamellar ichthyosis epidermis and dermis further localize the defect to lamellar ichthyosis epidermis. Psoriasis is well maintained on the nude mouse-skin graft model. The epidermal hyperplasia and hyperproliferative epidermal cell kinetics of psoriasis are manifested in the grafts of active psoriasis maintained for prolonged periods on the nude mice, but the inflammatory component of psoriasis is absent. Recombinant graft studies utilizing normal and psoriatic epidermis and dermis demonstrate psoriasis

  15. Application of split-thickness dermal grafts in deep partial- and full-thickness burns: a new source of auto-skin grafting.

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    Coruh, Atilla; Yontar, Yalcin

    2012-01-01

    Early tangential excision of nonviable burn tissue, followed by immediate skin grafting with autograft or allograft, has resulted in the improvement of burn patient survival. The aim of this study was to add split-thickness dermal grafts (STDGs) as a new source of auto-skin grafting tool to our reconstructive armamentarium in deep partial- and full-thickness burns and soft tissue defects. The authors successfully applied STDGs along with split-thickness skin grafts as a new source of auto-skin grafting in 11 deep partial- and full-thickness burns over a period of 1 year without any significant donor site morbidity. Dermal graft take was complete in all but one patient. There was no donor site healing problem, and donor site epithelization was completed generally 1 week later than split-thickness skin graft by semi-open technique. Autologous split-thickness skin grafting still remains the standard therapy for burn wound closure but may be in limited availability in severe burns. The authors conclude that STDGs may be a new source of auto-skin grafting tool in extensive deep partial- and full-thickness burns.

  16. Epidermal grafting versus split-thickness skin grafting for wound healing (EPIGRAAFT): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.

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    Kanapathy, Muholan; Hachach-Haram, Nadine; Bystrzonowski, Nicola; Harding, Keith; Mosahebi, Afshin; Richards, Toby

    2016-05-17

    Split-thickness skin grafting (SSG) is an important modality for wound closure. However, the donor site becomes a second, often painful wound, which may take more time to heal than the graft site itself and holds the risk of infection and scarring. Epidermal grafting (EG) is an alternative method of autologous skin grafting that harvests only the epidermal layer of the skin by applying continuous negative pressure on the normal skin to raise blisters. This procedure has minimal donor site morbidity and is relatively pain-free, allowing autologous skin grafting in an outpatient setting. We plan to compare EG to SSG and to further investigate the cellular mechanism by which each technique achieves wound healing. EPIGRAAFT is a multicentre, randomised, controlled trial that compares the efficacy and wound-healing mechanism of EG with SSG for wound healing. The primary outcome measures are the proportion of wounds healed in 6 weeks and the donor site healing time. The secondary outcome measures include the mean time for complete wound healing, pain score, patient satisfaction, health care utilisation, cost analysis, and incidence of adverse events. This study is expected to define the efficacy of EG and promote further understanding of the mechanism of wound healing by EG compared to SSG. The results of this study can be used to inform the current best practise for wound care. Clinicaltrials.gov identifier, NCT02535481 . Registered on 11 August 2015.

  17. Grafting of burns with widely meshed autograft split skin and Langerhans cell-depressed allograft split skin overlay

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    Alsbjoern, B.F.S.; Sorensen, B.

    1986-12-01

    Extensively burned patients suffer from lack of sufficient autologous donor skin. Meshing and wide expansion of the obtained split skin has met the requirement to a large degree. However, the wider the expansion, the less chance of a proper take. By covering widely expanded autografts with viable cadaver split skin, the take has been improved. If the epidermal Langerhans cells in the cadaver split skin are depressed by ultraviolet B light and glucocorticosteroids before grafting, a prolonged allograft take can be achieved and the healing of the underlying autografts is ensured for an extended period. Grafting results in 6 patients with extensive burns are reported.

  18. Living donor liver transplantation using grafts with hepatic cysts.

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    Sakamoto, Seisuke; Nosaka, Shunsuke; Shigeta, Takanobu; Uchida, Hajime; Hamano, Ikumi; Karaki, Chiaki; Kanazawa, Hiroyuki; Fukuda, Akinari; Nakazawa, Atsuko; Kasahara, Mureo

    2012-12-01

    Cystic lesions in the liver are often found through the evaluation of liver donors. Multiple cysts are worrisome, and donor candidates with multiple cysts may be unacceptable as liver donors, especially when their recipients have fibrocystic disease (FCD), which is an inherited disorder. This study reviewed 183 cases of living donor liver transplantation. We collected clinical and radiological data associated with donors with cystic lesions and with donors without cystic lesions, and we evaluated the outcomes of these donors and their recipients. As part of the preoperative radiological assessment of grafts, magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC) was performed to evaluate the biliary anatomy of donor candidates with multiple cysts. Thirty-four donors (18.6%) had 1 or more cystic lesions in the liver, and 6 of these donors had multiple cysts (ie, >10). Donors with multiple cysts were older and heavier, and there was a significant relationship between these donors and recipients whose original disease was FCD. During the follow-up (median = 3.1 years), all donors with cystic lesions were found to be doing well without any major postoperative complications. Fifteen recipients who received grafts with cystic lesions (12 left-sided lobes and 3 right-sided lobes) had no complications related to the cystic lesions. In conclusion, donors with cystic lesions may be acceptable as liver donors, although our data are limited mostly to left-sided lobe donation with a short follow-up period. MRC should be preoperatively performed to rule out any biliary anomalies, especially in donor candidates whose recipients have FCD.

  19. Auricular Split-Thickness Skin Graft for Ear Canal Coverage.

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    Haidar, Yarah M; Walia, Sartaaj; Sahyouni, Ronald; Ghavami, Yaser; Lin, Harrison W; Djalilian, Hamid R

    2016-12-01

    Split-thickness skin graft (STSG) continues to be the preferred means of external auditory canal (EAC) reconstruction. We thus sought to describe our experience using skin from the posterior aspect of the auricle (SPAA) as a donor site in EAC reconstruction. Grafts were, on average, 5 × 10 mm in size and obtained with a No. 10 blade after tumescence injection. The cases of 39 patients who underwent 41 procedures were retrospectively reviewed. Of the 38 patients with both 3- and 6-month follow-ups, no postoperative stenosis or bony exposure occurred. STSG from the SPAA can be a good option in EAC reconstruction. Total EAC/tympanic membrane coverage can be obtained with STSG from the SPAA. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2016.

  20. Evaluation of Aquacel Ag for Autogenous Skin Donor Sites.

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    Haith, Linwood R; Stair-Buchmann, Megan E; Ackerman, Bruce H; Herder, Diane; Reigart, Cynthia L; Stoering, Marla; Guilday, Robert E; Patton, Mary Lou; Ross, Kerry M

    2015-01-01

    An ongoing objective of burn research is to evaluate wound dressings and develop new treatments to expedite wound healing. This was a single-center, prospective, randomized, controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of Aquacel Ag as a dressing for autogenous skin donor sites compared with Xeroform. We hypothesized that donor sites treated with Aquacel Ag would heal faster. Patients were considered for enrollment if they required skin grafting with two donor sites >100 cm at least 2 inches apart. Dressings were observed daily starting on post-op day #2 until discharge and then weekly in the outpatient burn clinic. Assessments evaluated pain, infection, and reapplication. Photographs were taken on post-op day #2, upon "90% re-epithelialization," and at post-op day #30-45. Scar assessments and blinded photographic reviews were completed to assess cosmetic healing. Twenty-nine patients completed the study. Re-epithelialization occurred faster with Xeroform (15.2 days vs. 17.6 days). Daily pain scores were higher with Xeroform (6.72 vs. 5.68) and Aquacel Ag needed to be replaced more often (1.72 times vs. 0.10 times). Three patients developed donor site infections with Aquacel Ag. Scar scores between the donor sites were not statistically significant. The blinded photo review concluded that Xeroform had a better cosmetic outcome (24 vs. 10%). Although patients complained of more pain with Xeroform, it demonstrated shorter healing times and better cosmetic outcomes. Aquacel Ag needed to be replaced more often and represented the only three donor site infections.

  1. Vacuum-assisted retroauricular full-thickness skin grafting.

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    Ayestaray, Benoit; Bekara, Farid; Andreoletti, Jean-Baptiste

    2013-02-01

    The authors describe a vacuum-assisted skin grafting method to optimize graft take in the retroauricular region. This method is demonstrated after skin tumor resection of the retroauricular and mastoid areas.

  2. Nasal Floor Mucosa: New Donor Site for Mucous Membrane Grafts.

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    Morgan, Payam V; Suh, Jeffrey D; Hwang, Catherine J

    2016-01-01

    Mucous membrane grafts are used for various indications in oculoplastics. The authors report the use of nasal floor mucosa as a new donor site for mucous membrane grafts. Following adequate anesthesia and vasoconstriction, the nasal floor is visualized with a 30° endoscope. Next, the interior turbinate is medialized, and the nasolacrimal duct is identified and preserved. Anterior, posterior, medial, and lateral incisions are made through the nasal mucosa to the nasal bone. The mucosa is dissected off the nasal bone with a periosteal elevator. Nasal saline irrigation is used postoperatively to aid healing. Histologic analysis of the harvested graft and mucosa from the inferior and middle turbinates were analyzed histologically for the number of mucin-producing cells per high power field and compared. Nasal floor mucosa provides ample tissue for grafting with little donor site morbidity. The surgery is technically easy to learn and perform. There is less risk for blood loss compared with harvesting tissue from the turbinates and less postoperative discomfort compared with buccal mucosal grafts. The grafts have been used in 9 different patients for a variety of ocular indications. Histologically, the nasal floor mucosa contains statistically more mucin-secreting cells than other nasal site, which can be helpful especially in cases of ocular surface disease. In 1 case, biopsy of the grafted tissue at postoperative year 2 showed survival of the respiratory mucin-secreting cells under histologic examination. Nasal floor mucosa should be considered a donor site when a mucous membrane graft is needed. The surgery is safe, easy to perform, and has less morbidity than either a nasal turbinate graft or a buccal mucosal graft.

  3. Skin grafting and wound healing-the "dermato-plastic team approach".

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    Hierner, Robert; Degreef, Hugo; Vranckx, Jan Jerome; Garmyn, Maria; Massagé, Patrick; van Brussel, Michel

    2005-01-01

    Autologous skin grafts are successfully used to close recalcitrant chronic wounds especially at the lower leg. If wound care is done in a dermato-plastic team approach using the "integrated concept," difficulties associated with harvesting the skin graft as well as the complexities associated with inducing closure at the donor and the recipient site can be minimized. In the context of wound healing, skin transplantation can be regarded as (1) a supportive procedure for epithelialization of the wound surface and (2) mechanical stability of the wound ground. By placing skin grafts on a surface, central parts are covered much faster with keratinocytes. Skin (wound) closure is the ultimate goal, as wound closure means resistance to infection. Depending on the thickness of the skin graft, different amounts of dermis are transplanted with the overlying keratinocytes. The dermal component determines the mechanical (resistance to pressure and shear forces, graft shrinkage), functional (sensibility), and aesthetic properties of the graft. Generally speaking, the thicker the graft the better the mechanical, functional, and aesthetic properties, however, the worse the neo- and revascularization. Skin grafts do depend entirely on the re- and neovascularization coming from the wound bed. If the wound bed is seen as a recipient site for tissue graft, the classification of Lexer (Die freien Transplantationen. Stuttgart: Enke; 1924) turned out to be of extreme value. Three grades can be distinguished: "good wound conditions," "moderate wound conditions," and "insufficient wound conditions." Given good wound conditions, skin grafting is feasible. Nevertheless, skin closure alone might not be sufficient to fulfill the criteria of successful defect reconstruction. In case of moderate or insufficient wound conditions, wound bed preparation is necessary. If wound bed preparation is successful and good wound conditions can be achieved, skin grafting is possible. If, however, this

  4. The Use of Split-Thickness Skin Grafts on Diabetic Foot Ulcerations: A Literature Review

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    McCartan, Brant; Dinh, Thanh

    2012-01-01

    Diabetic foot ulcerations are historically difficult to treat despite advanced therapeutic modalities. There are numerous modalities described in the literature ranging from noninvasive topical wound care to more invasive surgical procedures such as primary closure, skin flaps, and skin grafting. While skin grafting provides faster time to closure with a single treatment compared to traditional topical wound treatments, the potential risks of donor site morbidity and poor wound healing unique to the diabetic state have been cited as a contraindication to its widespread use. In order to garner clarity on this issue, a literature review was undertaken on the use of split-thickness skin grafts on diabetic foot ulcers. Search of electronic databases yielded four studies that reported split-thickness skin grafts as definitive means of closure. In addition, several other studies employed split-thickness skin grafts as an adjunct to a treatment that was only partially successful or used to fill in the donor site of another plastic surgery technique. When used as the primary closure on optimized diabetic foot ulcerations, split-thickness skin grafts are 78% successful at closing 90% of the wound by eight weeks. PMID:22666573

  5. Recipient Wound Bed Characteristics Affect Scarring and Skin Graft Contraction

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    2015-02-13

    Recipient wound bed characteristics affect scarring and skin graft contraction Lloyd F. Rose, PhD; Jesse C. Wu, MS; Anders H. Carlsson, PhD; David I...use of autograft skin is essential in the treatment of full thickness burns and large cutaneous defects. Both autograft thickness and condition of the... skin grafting onto hypodermis vs. onto fascia. Compared to autografts grafted onto fascia, identical thickness autografts grafted onto fat demonstrated

  6. [The use of preputial skin as cutaneous graft after circumcision. Report of 30 clinical cases].

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    Chlihi, A; Benbrahim, A; Diouri, M; Terrab, S; Bahechar, N; Boukind, E H

    2002-06-01

    Through a study of 30 clinical cases, collected at the service center of plastic surgery and burns in Averroes University hospital at Casablanca, the authors underline the interest of using preputial skin as full-thickness skin graft for the treatment of burns and their sequelaes in non-circumcised boys, whose age ranged from one to four years. At this age, they are more exposed to domestic accidents. The preputial skin graft gives the advantage of the absence of scare prejudice at the donor site each time the circumcision is possible; and provides a skin of good elastic quality avoiding secondary retraction with a very favorable rate of graft intake. Although the application of this technique for other affections is possible, but remains limited by the hyperpigmentation of the graft.

  7. Resurfacing glabrous skin defects in the hand: the thenar base donor site.

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    Milner, Chris S; Thirkannad, Sunil M

    2014-06-01

    Defects of the glabrous skin surfaces of the palm and fingers result from numerous causes including larger fingertip injuries, unhealed burns, and after surgery for diverse pathologies. The qualities of glabrous skin are specifically tailored to the functional requirements of high-shear strength and robustness. Despite these unique properties, graft reconstruction of defects in the glabrous regions of the hand is frequently achieved with skin from nonglabrous donor sites such as the medial forearm. Nonglabrous skin has a poor color and texture match for such applications and is frequently associated with tender and unsightly donor scars. We describe our experiences of harvesting full-thickness grafts from the glabrous skin centered over the proximal flexion crease at the level of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. We have utilized this site to harvest skin grafts of up to 2 cm in width for the resurfacing of small-sized to medium-sized defects on the palmar surfaces of the hands and fingers in 28 patients under both traumatic and elective circumstances. The skin has an excellent type-match to the defect and is quick and easy to harvest due to its adjacent location to the defect. The donor scar matures quickly, and as it lies along the thumb base crease, it runs along one of the least used contact surfaces, thereby limiting the potential discomfort associated with FTSG harvest sites from other areas. Patient satisfaction with the procedure has been high, and it represents a useful alternative to traditional nonglabrous skin graft donor sites for small-sized to medium-sized defects.

  8. The Need for New Donor Stratification to Predict Graft Survival in Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation.

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    Yang, Shin Seok; Yang, Jaeseok; Ahn, Curie; Min, Sang Il; Ha, Jongwon; Kim, Sung Joo; Park, Jae Berm

    2017-05-01

    The aim of this study was to determine whether stratification of deceased donors by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) criteria negatively impacts graft survival. We retrospectively reviewed deceased donor and recipient pretransplant variables of kidney transplantations that occurred between February 1995 and December 2009. We compared clinical outcomes between standard criteria donors (SCDs) and expanded criteria donors (ECDs). The deceased donors consisted of 369 patients. A total of 494 transplant recipients were enrolled in this study. Mean age was 41.7±11.4 year (range 18-69) and 273 patients (55.4%) were male. Mean duration of follow-up was 8.8±4.9 years. The recipients from ECD kidneys were 63 patients (12.8%). The overall mean cold ischemia time was 5.7±3.2 hours. Estimated glomerular filtration rate at 1, 2, and 3 years after transplantation were significantly lower in ECD transplants (1 year, 62.2±17.6 vs. 51.0±16.4, p<0.001; 2 year, 62.2±17.6 vs. 51.0±16.4, p=0.001; 3 year, 60.9±23.5 vs. 54.1±18.7, p=0.047). In multivariate analysis, donor age (≥40 years) was an independent risk factor for graft failure. In Kaplan-Meier analyses, there was no significant difference in death-censored graft survival (Log rank test, p>0.05), although patient survival was lower in ECDs than SCDs (Log rank test, p=0.011). Our data demonstrate that stratification by the UNOS criteria does not predict graft survival. In order to expand the donor pool, new criteria for standard/expanded donors need to be modified by regional differences.

  9. Accelerated adhesion of grafted skins by laser-induced stress wave-based gene transfer of hepatocyte growth factor

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    Aizawa, Kazuya; Sato, Shunichi; Saitoh, Daizoh; Tsuda, Hitoshi; Ashida, Hiroshi; Obara, Minoru

    2009-02-01

    In our previous study, we delivered plasmid DNA coding for human hepatocyto growth factor (hHGF) to rat skin grafts based on laser-induced stress wave (LISW), by which production of CD31-positive cells in the grafted skins was found to be enhanced, suggesting improved angiogenesis. In this study, we validated the efficacy of this method to accelerate adhesion of grafted skins; reperfusion and reepithelialization in the grafted skins were examined. As a graft, dorsal skin of a rat was exsected and its subcutaneous fat was removed. Plasmid DNA expression vector for hHGF was injected into the graft; on its back surface a laser target with a transparent sheet for plasma confinement was placed, and irradiated with three nanosecond laser pulses at a laser fluence of 1.2 J/cm2 (532 nm; spot diameter, 3 mm) to generate LISWs. After the application of LISWs, the graft was transplanted onto its donor site. We evaluated blood flow by laser Doppler imaging and analyzed reepithelialization based on immunohistochemistry as a function of postgrafting time. It was found that both reperfusion and reepithelialization were significantly enhanced for the grafts with gene transfection than for normal grafts; reepithelialization was completed within 7 days after transplantation with the transfected grafts. These findings demonstrate that adhesion of grafted skins can be accelerated by delivering HGF gene to the grafts based on LISWs.

  10. Evolution of skin grafting for treatment of burns: Reverdin pinch grafting to Tanner mesh grafting and beyond.

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    Singh, Mansher; Nuutila, Kristo; Collins, K C; Huang, Anne

    2017-09-01

    Skin grafting is the current standard care in the treatment of full thickness burns. It was first described around 1500 BC but the vast majority of advancements have been achieved over the past 200 years. An extensive literature review was conducted on Pubmed, Medline and Google Scholar researching the evolution of skin grafting techniques. The authors concentrated on the major landmarks of skin grafting and also provide an overview of ongoing research efforts in this field. The major innovations of skin grafting include Reverdin pinch grafting, Ollier grafting, Thiersch grafting, Wolfe grafting, Padgett dermatome and modifications, Meek-wall microdermatome and Tanner mesh grafting. A brief description of the usage, advantages and limitations of each technique is included in the manuscript. Skin grafting technique have evolved significantly over past 200 years from Reverdin pinch grafting to modern day meshed skin grafts using powered dermatome. Increasing the expansion ratio and improving the cosmetic and functional outcome are the main focus of ongoing skin grafting research and emerging techniques (such as Integra(®), Recell(®), Xpansion(®)) are showing promise. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  11. Graft regeneration in pediatric living donor liver transplantation.

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    Lim, W-X; Cheng, Y-F; Huang, T-L; Chen, T-Y; Tsang, L L-C; Ou, H-Y; Yu, C-Y; Hsu, H-W; Chen, C-L

    2014-04-01

    Due to the shortage of cadaver liver grafts in Asia, more than 90% of biliary atresia (BA) patients require living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), but the factors that influence liver graft regeneration in pediatric patients are still unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential predisposing factors that encourage liver graft regeneration in pediatric liver transplantation (LT). Case notes and Doppler ultrasound and computed tomography studies performed before and 6 months after transplantation of 103 BA patients who underwent LDLT were reviewed. The predisposing factors that triggered liver regeneration were compiled from statistical analyses and included the following: age, gender, body weight and height, spleen size, graft weight-to-recipient weight ratio (GRWR), post-transplantation total portal flow, and vascular complications. Seventy-two pediatric recipients were enrolled in this study. The liver graft regeneration rate was 29.633 ± 36.61% (range, -29.53-126.27%). The size of the spleen (P = .001), post-transplantation portal flow (P = .004), and age (P = .04) were correlated lineally with the regeneration rate. The GRWR was negatively correlated with the regeneration rate (P = .001) and was the only independent factor that affected the regeneration rate. When the GRWR was >3.4, patients tended to have poor and negative graft regeneration (P = .01). Large-for-size grafts have negative effect on regeneration rates because liver grafts that are too large can compromise total portal flow and increase vascular complications, especially when the GRWR is >3.4. Thus, optimal graft size is more essential than other factors in a pediatric LDLT patient. Crown Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Split Thickness Skin Graft to Lower Leg.

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    Fuller, David A

    2016-08-01

    The purpose of this video is to demonstrate the steps of harvesting, meshing, and applying a split thickness skin graft (STSG) to a lower leg to cover a lateral fasciotomy wound. A patient with a gunshot wound to his tibia has already undergone intramedullary rodding of the fracture and has had and medial and lateral fasciotomies for compartment syndrome. In the video, the lateral leg wound is covered with an STSG from the ipsilateral, lateral thigh. The graft is harvested with a dermatome, then meshed, and then inset for full coverage of the wound. A sterile, negative pressure dressing is applied at the conclusion of the case. The video is 5 minutes, 46 seconds duration in time and 1,922,884,000 bytes in size. Various techniques of STSG have been described. This video demonstrates a successful strategy for coverage of a lateral leg wound with an STSG and negative pressure dressing.

  13. Foreskin-isolated keratinocytes provide successful extemporaneous autologous paediatric skin grafts.

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    Mcheik, Jiad N; Barrault, Christine; Pedretti, Nathalie; Garnier, Julien; Juchaux, Franck; Levard, Guillaume; Morel, Franck; Lecron, Jean-Claude; Bernard, François-Xavier

    2016-03-01

    Severe burns in children are conventionally treated with split-thickness skin autografts or epidermal sheets. However, neither early complete healing nor quality of epithelialization is satisfactory. An alternative approach is to graft isolated keratinocytes. We evaluated paediatric foreskin and auricular skin as donor sources, autologous keratinocyte transplantation, and compared the graft efficiency to the in vitro capacities of isolated keratinocytes to divide and reconstitute epidermal tissue. Keratinocytes were isolated from surgical samples by enzymatic digestion. Living cell recovery, in vitro proliferation and epidermal reconstruction capacities were evaluated. Differentiation status was analysed, using qRT-PCR and immunolabelling. Eleven children were grafted with foreskin-derived (boys) or auricular (girls) keratinocyte suspensions dripped onto deep severe burns. The aesthetic and functional quality of epithelialization was monitored in a standardized way. Foreskin keratinocyte graft in male children provides for the re-epithelialization of partial deep severe burns and accelerates wound healing, thus allowing successful wound closure, and improves the quality of scars. In accordance, in vitro studies have revealed a high yield of living keratinocyte recovery from foreskin and their potential in terms of regeneration and differentiation. We report a successful method for grafting paediatric males presenting large severe burns through direct spreading of autologous foreskin keratinocytes. This alternative method is easy to implement, improves the quality of skin and minimizes associated donor site morbidity. In vitro studies have highlighted the potential of foreskin tissue for graft applications and could help in tissue selection with the prospect of grafting burns for girls.

  14. Studies in fat grafting: Part III. Fat grafting irradiated tissue--improved skin quality and decreased fat graft retention.

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    Garza, Rebecca M; Paik, Kevin J; Chung, Michael T; Duscher, Dominik; Gurtner, Geoffrey C; Longaker, Michael T; Wan, Derrick C

    2014-08-01

    Following radiation therapy, skin becomes fibrotic and can present a difficult problem for reconstructive surgeons. There is an increasing belief that fat grafting under irradiated skin can reverse the damage caused by radiation. The present study evaluated the effect of fat grafting on irradiated skin, along with fat graft quality and retention rates in irradiated tissue. Nine adult Crl:NU-Foxn1 CD-1 mice underwent 30-Gy external beam irradiation of the scalp. Four weeks after irradiation, scalp skin from irradiated and nonirradiated mice was harvested and compared histologically for dermal thickness, collagen content, and vascular density. Human fat grafts were then injected in the subcutaneous plane of the scalp. Skin assessment was performed in the irradiated group at 2 and 8 weeks after grafting, and fat graft retention was measured at baseline and every 2 weeks up to 8 weeks after grafting using micro-computed tomography. Finally, fat graft samples were explanted at 8 weeks, and quality scoring was performed. Fat grafting resulted in decreased dermal thickness, decreased collagen content, and increased vascular density in irradiated skin. Computed tomographic analysis revealed significantly decreased fat graft survival in the irradiated group compared with the nonirradiated group. Histologic scoring of explanted fat grafts demonstrated no difference in quality between the irradiated and nonirradiated groups. Fat grafting attenuates dermal collagen deposition and vessel depletion characteristic of radiation fibrosis. Although fat graft retention rates are significantly lower in irradiated than in nonirradiated tissue, the quality of retained fat between the groups is similar.

  15. Impaired Cutaneous Vasodilation and Sweating in Grafted Skin During Whole-Body Heating

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    Davis, Scott L.; Shibasaki, Manabu; Low, David A.; Cui, Jian; Keller, David M.; Purdue, Gary F.; Hunt, John L.; Arnoldo, Brett D.; Kowalske, Karen J.; Crandall, Craig G.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this investigation was to identify the consequences of skin grafting on cutaneous vasodilation and sweating in split-thickness grafted skin during indirect whole-body heating 5 to 9 months after surgery. In addition, thermoregulatory function was examined at donor skin sites on a separate day. Skin blood flow and sweat rate (SR) were assessed from both grafted (n = 14) or donor skin (n = 11) and compared with the respective adjacent control skin during indirect whole-body heating. Cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) was calculated from the ratio of skin blood flow (arbitrary units; au) to mean arterial pressure. Whole-body heating significantly increased internal temperature (37.0 ± 0.1 °C to 37.8 ± 0.1 °C; P < .05). Cutaneous vasodilation (ie, the increase in CVC from baseline, ΔCVC) during whole-body heating was significantly attenuated in grafted skin (ΔCVC = 0.14 ± 0.15 au/mm Hg) compared with adjacent control skin (ΔCVC = 0.84 ± 0.11 au/mm Hg; P < .05). Increases in sweat rate (ΔSR) were also significantly lower in grafted skin (ΔSR = 0.08 ± 0.08 mg/cm2/min) compared with adjacent control skin (ΔSR = 1.16 ± 0.20 mg/cm2/min; P < .05). Cutaneous vasodilation and sweating during heating were not significantly different between donor sites (ΔCVC = 0.71 ± 0.19 au/mm Hg; ΔSR = 1.04 ± 0.15 mg/cm2/min) and adjacent control skin (ΔCVC = 0.50 ± 0.10 au/mm Hg; ΔSR = 0.83 ± 0.17 mg/cm2/min). Greatly attenuated or absence of cutaneous vasodilation and sweating suggests impairment of thermoregulatory function in grafted skin, thereby, diminishing the contribution of this skin to overall temperature control during a heat stress. PMID:17438492

  16. Genetically Modified Porcine Skin Grafts for Treatment of Severe Burn Injuries

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    2011-07-01

    graft survival: 2 days). See Figure 3 below. Task 2c Evaluate immune effects of skin graft on cellular and humoral responses (months 18-30...stabilization of criticall-ill patients. We intend to breed and maintain a herd of GalT-KO donor swine for this purpose as a new approach to the initial...of the cellular and humoral immune responses evoked. (Month 3 - Month 18) Task 1. Develop and compare survival of GalT-KO swine skin, normal swine

  17. Retroauricular skin flap and primary Z-plasty for donor site closure in partial ear reconstruction.

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    Horch, Raymund E; Schipper, Joerg; Laszig, Roland

    2003-06-01

    Helical rim defects are noticeable and may well need reconstruction, especially in men. A method for reconstructing this type of defect together with primary donor site closure by Z-plasty is described. To close partial helical rim defects, a retroauricular caudally based rotational skin flap is performed to cover a conchal cartilage graft from the same ear that is harvested first and sutured into place to remodel the helical rim. To primarily close the donor site defect a retroauricular Z-plasty was developed which easily allowed primary closure of the donor site. The technique described here is straightforward, safe and reproducible. The Z-plasty approach for closing the donor site is useful, since the slight disturbance of the hairline is well hidden retroauricularly. This technique can be considered as a single-stage repair modality for the reconstruction of helical rim defects within primary donor site closure.

  18. Full-thickness skin grafts: maximizing graft take using negative pressure dressings to prepare the graft bed.

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    Landau, Alex G; Hudson, Don A; Adams, Kevin; Geldenhuys, Stuart; Pienaar, Conrad

    2008-06-01

    Full thickness skin grafts (FTSGs) remain a good option for resurfacing defects of the face, neck, and dorsum of the feet. It results in soft, pliable, functional skin with minimal contraction. However, FTSG may result in patchy or irregular "take" resulting in recurrent contractures and pigmentary discrepancies. This study examines the use of a negative pressure dressing (NPD) to increase FTSG take. Wounds resulting from trauma, postburn contracture release, and an excision of a congenital nevus were included in the study. The wounds were prepared by surgical excision or debridement. A NPD was then applied for a period of 7 days, at which time the wounds were inspected and, if there was sufficient granulation tissue, covered with a FTSG. If the wound had not yet granulated sufficiently another NPD was placed and reassessed in 7 days. The FTSGs were harvested from the groin and abdominal area exactly to the size of the defect. A sponge bolster dressing was then applied. The take of the FTSG was judged using a grid of 1 x 1-cm squares. The wounds were measured and the amount of graft take was calculated as a percentage of the wound size. Complications in both the wound as well as the donor sites were noted. Twenty-four patients were included in the study. The mean age was 6 years (range 1-14 years), including 9 burn contracture excisions, 14 road traffic accident-related injuries, and 1 excision of a congenital nevus. The site involved was the foot (6 patients), ankle (9 patients), axilla (2 patients), forearm (4 patients), face (2 patients), and the neck (1 patient). The average surface area of the defect was 78 cm2 (range 18-264 cm2). Groin skin was harvested in all the cases. The NPD was applied on average for 8 days (range 7-15 days). The mean graft take was 95% (range 70%-100%). Only 1 patient had significant graft loss of 30%. Donor site morbidity was low, attaining primary closure in all but 2. Mean follow-up was 9 months. The results of this study confirm

  19. Eye preservation tectonic graft using glycerol-preserved donor cornea.

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    Lin, H-C; Ong, S J; Chao, A-N

    2012-11-01

    To report the surgical outcome of tectonic graft using glycerol-preserved donor corneas to treat perforated keratitis. The medical records were reviewed of all patients treated for perforated keratitis using glycerol-preserved corneas at a single institution between 1 July 2004 and 31 June 2010. The clinical features, precipitating factors, adjuvant therapies, and therapeutic outcomes were analyzed. Success was defined as re-epithelialization of the ocular surface without evisceration. Fourteen eyes from 14 patients (6 male and 8 female) were included. Age ranged from 58 to 84 years (average, 70.71 ± 8.52 years) and the follow-up time ranged from 7 to 56 months (mean, 25.35 ± 16.84 months). The culture results showed five bacterial infections, five cases of fungal keratitis, and one mixed infection; the culture results were negative for three patients. Satisfactory anatomical integrity was obtained in eight grafts (57.14%) that healed with neovascularization. Six grafts (48.85%) showed delayed re-epithelialization and were repaired with conjunctival flaps to maintain ocular surface integrity. Three patients developed secondary glaucoma and received trans-scleral cyclophotocoagulation. Thirteen patients had satisfactory anatomical integrity without evisceration or exenteration, while one patient received evisceration at 39-month follow-up because of intractable glaucoma. Glycerol-preserved donor corneas combined with anterior vitrectomy with or without conjunctival flaps may be effective substitutes for evisceration surgery in patients with perforated keratitis.

  20. [Skin graft, smoking and diabetes mellitus type 2].

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    Pérez-Guisado, Joaquín; Fidalgo-Rodríguez, Félix T; Gaston, Kate L; Rioja, Luis F; Thomas, Steven J

    2012-01-01

    Smoking and hyperglycemia decrease the success of skin graft survival in specific circumstances. It is well known that smoking and diabetes mellitus (DM) type 2 increase the oxidative and impair the endothelial function. The objective of this retrospective study was to determine if smoking and DM type 2 are factors associated with lower skin graft survival, in different etiologies of the injury associated to the skin loss. It was a bicentric, retrospective, cross sectional case control study, carried out on 2457 medical patients who met the inclusion criteria. It was carried out over a 10 years period between January 2000-December 2009, at Reina Sofía University Hospital (Córdoba, Spain) and UAB Hospital at Birmingham (Alabama, USA). The percentage of successful graft for each group and its control were analyzed by Chi-square test. The confidence interval chosen for statistical differences was 95%. Smoking and DM type 2 decreased the percentage of skin graft survival when compared with their control groups. DM type 2 was associated with greater negative success on skin graft survival than smoking when compared with their control groups. There was a statistically significant drop in skin graft of 18% in smoking group (range: 68-86%) and 25% in DM type 2 group (53-78%). The OR showed a clear association between the risk factors studied and the lower skin graft success, being stronger for DM type 2. In conclusion, DM type 2 and smoking are factors associated to lower skin graft take.

  1. Feasibility of the Use of RapiGraft and Skin Grafting in Reconstructive Surgery

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    Cho, In Gook; Kwon, Joon Hyun; Lee, Jeong Woo; Choi, Kang Young; Chung, Ho Yun; Cho, Byung Chae

    2016-01-01

    Background Skin grafting is a relatively simple and thus widely used procedure. However, the elastic and structural quality of grafted skin is poor. Recently, various dermal substitutes have been developed to overcome this disadvantage of split-thickness skin grafts. The present study aims to determine the feasibility of RapiGraft as a new dermal substitute. Methods This prospective study included 20 patients with partial- or full-thickness skin defects; the patients were enrolled between January 2013 and March 2014. After skin defect debridement, the wound was divided into two parts by an imaginary line. Split-thickness skin grafting alone was performed on one side (group A), and RapiGraft and split-thickness skin grafting were used on the other side (group B). All patients were evaluated using photographs and self-questionnaires. The Manchester scar scale (MSS), a chromameter, and a durometer were used for the scar evaluation. The average follow-up period was 6 months. Results The skin graft take rates were 93% in group A and 89% in group B, a non-significant difference (P=0.082). Statistically, group B had significantly lower MSS, vascularity, and pigmentation results than group A (P<0.05 for all). However, the groups did not differ significantly in pliability (P=0.155). Conclusions The present study indicates that a simultaneous application of RapiGraft and a split-thickness skin graft is safe and yields improved results. Therefore, we conclude that the use of RapiGraft along with skin grafting will be beneficial for patients requiring reconstructive surgery. PMID:27689048

  2. Epidermal skin grafting in vitiligo: a pilot study.

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    Janowska, Agata; Dini, Valentina; Panduri, Salvatore; Macchia, Michela; Oranges, Teresa; Romanelli, Marco

    2016-09-01

    Vitiligo is a multifactorial acquired dermatosis characterised by achromic or hypochromic macules and by the absence of functioning melanocytes. Treatment depends on the extent of the affected areas and on disease activity. Surgical techniques have proven to be effective in stable cases but can be time-consuming and, in some cases, aesthetically unsatisfying or painful for the patients. The aim of the study was to assess the clinical safety and effectiveness of a new automatic epidermal skin harvesting device in patients with stable localised vitiligo over a minimum 12-month period. This new system (CELLUTOME™ Epidermal Harvesting System, KCI, an ACELITY Company, San Antonio, TX) is a commercially available epidermal skin harvesting system that can be used without local anaesthesia or other pre-treatments and has been shown to have low rates of donor site morbidity. Epidermal skin grafts can used in patients with acute and hard to heal chronic wounds, burns and stable vitiligo. The use of advanced therapies may improve the quality of life, have cost benefits and accelerate re-pigmentation of patients with vitiligo. In our preliminary study, this system was seen to be a safe and efficacious means of harvesting epidermal micrografts containing melanocytes for use in patients with stable vitiligo unresponsive to standard therapies. © 2016 Medicalhelplines.com Inc and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. Subjective and objective observation of skin graft recovery on Indonesian local cat with different periods of transplantation time

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    Erwin; Gunanti; Handharyani, Ekowati; Noviana, Deni

    2016-01-01

    Aim: The success of a skin graft in a cat is highly dependent on the granulation formed by the base of recipient bed. Granulation by the base of recipient bed will form after several days after injury. This research aimed to observe subjective and objective profile of skin graft recovery on forelimb of cats with different periods of donor skin placement. Materials and Methods: Nine male Indonesian local cats aged 1-2 years old, weighing 3-4 kg were divided into three groups. The first surgery for creating defect wound of 2 cm×2 cm in size was performed in the whole group. The wound was left for several days with the respective interval for each group, respectively: Group I (for 2 days), Group II (for 4 days), and Group III (for 6 days). In the whole group, the second surgery was done by the harvesting skin of thoracic area which then applied on recipient bed of respective groups. Result: The donor skin on Group II was accepted faster compared to Group I and Group III. The donor skin did not show color differences compared to surrounding skin, painless, bright red in bleeding test had faster both hair growth and drug absorption. Test toward the size of donor skin and the effect of drugs did not show a significant difference between each group. Conclusion: The observe subjective and objective profile of skin graft recovery on forelimb of cats on Group II were accepted faster compared to Group I and III. PMID:27284224

  4. Vestibuloplasty with Retroauricular Skin Grafts for Dental Implant Rehabilitation in Vascularized Fibula Grafts: Two Case Reports.

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    Sencimen, Metin; Gulses, Aydin; Varol, Altan; Ayna, Mustafa; Ozen, Jölide; Dogan, Necdet; Açil, Yahya

    The aim of this study was to present the use of retroauricular full-thickness skin grafts in vestibuloplasty surgeries for dental implant rehabilitation in vascularized fibula grafts. Two patients underwent mandibular reconstruction with vascularized fibula grafts due to mandibular gunshot injuries. Inadequate sulcus gaps secondary to mandibular soft tissue deficiencies were managed by full-thickness autologous skin grafts harvested from the retroauricular region. Dental rehabilitation was achieved by implants placed in free fibula grafts. In both cases, complete graft survival was achieved. Cosmetic and functional outcomes were satisfactory. Owing to its high resiliency and elasticity and its thin and hairless structure, full-thickness retroauricular skin graft is an effective treatment modality in the management of intraoral soft tissue deficiencies. Patients with gunshot injuries present great functional and esthetic demands, and every report presenting new treatment modalities is helpful in the management of the condition.

  5. Patient experiences living with split thickness skin grafts.

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    Burnett, L N; Carr, E; Tapp, D; Raffin Bouchal, S; Horch, J D; Biernaskie, J; Gabriel, V

    2014-09-01

    The standard of care for deep burns is autologous split thickness skin grafting. Although adequate to resurface a deep wound, the resulting skin is chronically abnormal. The purpose of this study was to describe the experience of patients with split thickness skin grafts to help guide future investigations related to skin regeneration. In this study, an interpretive description qualitative methodology was employed. Subjects participated in a two-part single patient interview that was recorded and transcribed. A nurse with experience in clinical burn care coded and interpreted the data. Participants were recruited through presentation to a university based outpatient burn clinic for follow up from autologous split thickness skin grafting. Eight male patients and four female patients 20-62 years old ranging 2-29 months post-skin grafting were enrolled in the study. The most significant concerns voiced by patients were identified and organized into five themes: (1) a new normal, (2) split thickness skin graft symptoms, (3) appearance of new skin, (4) coping, and (5) participation in future clinical trials. Participants reported that the abnormalities related to their split thickness skin grafts were significant enough that they would be willing to participate in a future clinical trial investigating new cell-based therapies.

  6. Skin flaps and grafts - self-care

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    ... Free flap - self-care; Skin autografting - self-care; Pressure ulcer skin flap self-care; Burns skin flap self- ... skin infection Surgery for skin cancer Venous ulcers , pressure ulcers , or diabetic ulcers that DO NOT heal After ...

  7. Epidermal skin grafting in patients with complex wounds: a case series.

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    Bhatia, A

    2016-03-01

    Complex wounds are often difficult to close and sometimes require a split-thickness skin graft (STSG). However, epidermal skin grafts, which contain only an epidermal layer of skin, are a viable option for wound coverage in these challenging wounds. We report our experience using an automated epidermal harvesting tool to harvest epidermal skin grafts for the treatment of complex wounds. Epidermal skin grafts were harvested from the patient's thigh, which was first washed with isopropyl alcohol. After harvesting, they were transferred to the recipient site using a film dressing. A bolster dressing using gauze and a self-adherent wrap held the grafts in place. We selected 34 patients with wounds that had been present from several weeks to over a year. Prior treatments, included skin substitutes, alginate dressings, Unna Boot, and collagen dressings. There were 17 female and 17 male patients with a mean age of 67.1 years (range: 37-103). Wound types were: traumatic wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, and surgical wounds. Patient comorbidities included hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and osteoarthritis. Mean epithelialisation rate at the recipient site was 7.0 weeks (range: 1-35 weeks). Wound complications included drainage, hypergranulation, and oedema. At follow-up 82.4% (28/34) of wounds were healed, 2.9% (1/34) wounds showed improved healing, 11.8% (4/34) of wounds did not heal, and 2.9% (1/34) were lost to follow-up. All donor sites healed without complications. In our cohort, use of epidermal skin grafts in conjunction with bolster dressings resulted in full closure or wound improvement of a majority of patients. Epidermal grafting provides another treatment option to physicians when only the epidermal layer is needed. Dr. Bhatia is a consultant for KCI, an Acelity company.

  8. Prospective, double-blinded, randomised controlled trial assessing the effect of an Octenidine-based hydrogel on bacterial colonisation and epithelialization of skin graft wounds in burn patients.

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    W, Eisenbeiß; F, Siemers; G, Amtsberg; P, Hinz; B, Hartmann; T, Kohlmann; A, Ekkernkamp; U, Albrecht; O, Assadian; A, Kramer

    2012-01-01

    Moist wound treatment improves healing of skin graft donor site wounds. Microbial colonised wounds represent an increased risk of wound infection; while antimicrobially active, topical antiseptics may impair epithelialization. The aim of this prospective randomised controlled clinical trial was to examine the influence of an Octenidine-dihydrochloride (OCT) hydrogel on bacterial colonisation and epithelialization of skin graft donor sites. The study was designed as a randomised, double-blinded, controlled clinical trial. Skin graft donor sites from a total of 61 patients were covered either with 0.05% OCT (n=31) or an OCT-free placebo wound hydrogel (n=30). Potential interaction with wound healing was assessed by measuring the time until 100% re-epithelialization. In addition, microbial wound colonisation was quantitatively determined in all skin graft donor sites. There was no statistically significant difference in the time for complete epithelialization of skin graft donor sites in the OCT and the placebo group (7.3±0.2 vs. 6.9±0.2 days; p=0.236). Microbial wound colonisation was significantly lower in the OCT group than in the placebo group (p=0.014). The OCT-based hydrogel showed no delay in wound epithelialization and demonstrated a significantly lower bacterial colonisation of skin graft donor site wounds.

  9. Prospective, double-blinded, randomised controlled trial assessing the effect of an Octenidine-based hydrogel on bacterial colonisation and epithelialization of skin graft wounds in burn patients

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    W, Eisenbeiß; F, Siemers; G, Amtsberg; P, Hinz; B, Hartmann; T, Kohlmann; A, Ekkernkamp; U, Albrecht; O, Assadian; A, Kramer

    2012-01-01

    Background: Moist wound treatment improves healing of skin graft donor site wounds. Microbial colonised wounds represent an increased risk of wound infection; while antimicrobially active, topical antiseptics may impair epithelialization. Objectives: The aim of this prospective randomised controlled clinical trial was to examine the influence of an Octenidine-dihydrochloride (OCT) hydrogel on bacterial colonisation and epithelialization of skin graft donor sites. Methods: The study was designed as a randomised, double-blinded, controlled clinical trial. Skin graft donor sites from a total of 61 patients were covered either with 0.05% OCT (n=31) or an OCT-free placebo wound hydrogel (n=30). Potential interaction with wound healing was assessed by measuring the time until 100% re-epithelialization. In addition, microbial wound colonisation was quantitatively determined in all skin graft donor sites. Results: There was no statistically significant difference in the time for complete epithelialization of skin graft donor sites in the OCT and the placebo group (7.3±0.2 vs. 6.9±0.2 days; p=0.236). Microbial wound colonisation was significantly lower in the OCT group than in the placebo group (p=0.014). Conclusions: The OCT-based hydrogel showed no delay in wound epithelialization and demonstrated a significantly lower bacterial colonisation of skin graft donor site wounds. PMID:23071904

  10. Deceased donor skin allograft banking: Response and utilization

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    Gore, Madhuri A.; De, Anuradha S.

    2010-01-01

    Background: In the absence of xenograft and biosynthetic skin substitutes, deceased donor skin allografts is a feasible option for saving life of patient with extensive burn injury in our country. Aims: The first deceased donor skin allograft bank in India became functional at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal (LTM) medical college and hospital on 24th April 2000. The response of Indian society to this new concept of skin donation after death and the pattern of utilization of banked allografts from 2000 to 2010 has been presented in this study. Settings and Design: This allograft skin bank was established by the department of surgery. The departments of surgery and microbiology share the responsibility of smooth functioning of the bank. Materials and Methods: The response in terms of number of donations and the profile of donors was analyzed from records. Pattern and outcome of allograft utilization was studied from specially designed forms. Results: During these ten years, 262 deceased donor skin allograft donations were received. The response showed significant improvement after counselling was extended to the community. Majority of the donors were above 70 years of age and procurement was done at home for most. Skin allografts from 249 donors were used for 165 patients in ten years. The outcome was encouraging with seven deaths in 151 recipients with burn injuries. Conclusions: Our experience shows that the Indian society is ready to accept the concept of skin donation after death. Use of skin allografts is life saving for large burns. We need to prepare guidelines for the establishment of more skin banks in the country. PMID:21321645

  11. Studies in Fat Grafting: Part III. Fat grafting irradiated tissue: Improved skin quality and decreased fat graft retention

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    Garza, Rebecca M.; Paik, Kevin J.; Chung, Michael T.; Duscher, Dominik; Gurtner, Geoffrey C.; Longaker, Michael T.; Wan, Derrick C.

    2014-01-01

    Background Following radiation therapy, skin becomes fibrotic and can present a difficult problem for reconstructive surgeons. There is an increasing belief that fat grafting under radiated skin can reverse the damage caused by radiation. The present study evaluated the effect of fat grafting on irradiated skin, along with fat graft quality and retention rates in irradiated tissue. Methods Nine adult Crl:NU-Foxn1nu CD-1 mice received 30 Gy external beam radiation of the scalp. Four weeks following radiation, scalp skin from irradiated and non-irradiated mice was harvested and compared histologically for dermal thickness, collagen content, and vascular density. Human fat grafts were then injected in the subcutaneous plane of the scalp. Skin assessment was performed in the irradiated group at 2 and 8 weeks post-grafting, and fat graft retention was measured at baseline and every 2 weeks up to 8 weeks post-grafting using micro-CT. Finally, fat graft samples were explanted at 8 weeks, and quality scoring was performed. Results Fat grafting resulted in decreased dermal thickness, decreased collagen content, and increased vascular density in irradiated skin. CT analysis revealed significantly decreased fat graft survival in the irradiated group when compared to the non-irradiated group. Histological scoring of explanted fat grafts demonstrated no difference in quality between the irradiated and non-irradiated groups. Conclusions Fat grafting attenuates dermal collagen deposition and vessel depletion characteristic of radiation fibrosis. Although fat graft retention rates are significantly lower in irradiated than non-irradiated tissue, the quality of retained fat between the groups is similar. PMID:25068325

  12. Contracture of skin graft in human burns: effect of artificial dermis.

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    Hur, Gi-Yeun; Seo, Dong-Kook; Lee, Jong-Wook

    2014-12-01

    Skin grafts with an artificial dermis have been widely used as a part of the efforts to minimize contractures and reduce donor-site scars. We conducted a prospective randomized clinical trial to study the effect of a dermal substitute by measuring the size of the graft after surgery for months. The artificial dermis (Matriderm, Dr. Suwelack Skin and Health Care AG, Billerbeck, Germany) was applied in combination with a split-thickness autograft in 40 patients with acute burn wounds or scar reconstruction. Demographic and medical data were collected on each patient. We directly measured the graft size by using a transparent two-ply film (Visitrak Grid, Smith & Nephew Wound Management, Inc, Largo, FL, USA) intraoperatively and 1, 2, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. For effective data comparison, the size of the graft at the time of surgery was taken to be "100%." Then, the size in each phase was estimated in percentage (%). During the 1st month, the average size was 89%. The figure decreased to 86% and 82% in the 2nd and 3rd months, respectively. In the 6th month, it slightly rebounded to 85% but failed to return to the original state. The size of patients with acute burns was smaller than the size of scar patients as follows: 85-91% in the 2nd month, 81-87% in the 3rd month, and 85-96% in the 6th month. This study examined the progress of skin grafts through the measurement of graft size in the human body. The grafted skin underwent contracture and remodeling for 3-6 months. In terms of skin contraction, an acute burn was more serious than scar reconstruction. The use of an artificial dermis that contains elastin is very effective from the functional and esthetic perspective by minimizing contractures and enhancing skin elasticity. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  13. The use of contrast media in deceased kidney donors does not affect initial graft function or graft survival.

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    Vigneau, C; Fulgencio, J-P; Godier, A; Chalem, Y; El Metaoua, S; Rondeau, E; Tuppin, P; Bonnet, F

    2006-09-01

    Patients receiving cadaveric kidney transplants often experience delayed graft function. As iodinated contrast media injection (ICMI), necessary for cerebral angiography, which is often used to diagnose brain death, can be nephrotoxic, we compared renal function recovery (RFR) and 1-year and long-term graft survival according to the method used to diagnose brain death. Data from 9921 cadaveric kidneys, transplanted between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2003, were retrieved from the French National Registry for organ donation. We defined RFR as the number of days for the recipient to reach a plasma creatinine less than 250 mumol/l, and/or a 24-h urine output greater than 1000 ml. RFR and 1-year and long-term graft survival were compared between four different donor groups (according to ICMI and diabetes mellitus). A total of 41.5% of deceased donors received ICMI before organ procurement and 1.95% of them were diabetic. History of ICMI or diabetes in the donor did not influence RFR or 1-year graft survival. Long-term graft survival was decreased in the group of patients transplanted with a diabetic graft as compared to patients transplanted with a non-diabetic graft (P=0.001). History of ICMI in the donor did not affect long-term graft survival in the non-diabetic donor group (P=0.2); however, in the diabetic group, ICMI tended to decrease long-term graft survival (P=0.056). ICMI did not affect RFR or graft survival in non-diabetic deceased donors. However, its use in diabetic deceased donors requires further study.

  14. Graft immunologic events in deceased donor kidney transplant recipients with preformed HLA-donor specific antibodies.

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    Ixtlapale-Carmona, Xicohténcatl; Arvizu, Adriana; De-Santiago, Adrian; González-Tableros, Norma; López, Mayra; Castelán, Natalia; Marino, Lluvia A; Uribe-Uribe, Norma O; Contreras, Alan G; Vilatobá, Mario; Morales-Buenrostro, Luis E; Alberú, Josefina

    2017-09-30

    Pretransplant donor-specific HLA alloantibodies detected with the Single Antigen Bead (SAB) assay reflect an increased risk for acute antibody-mediated rejection (AMR). We herein report the incidence of both acute AMR and acute cellular rejection (ACR) during the first year posttransplantation, in a cohort of kidney transplant recipients (KTR) of deceased donor (DD) grafts, according to their DSA status. Pretransplant DSA do not preclude DD-KT in negative CDC-XM recipients at our center. 246 KT were performed at our center between 01/2012 and 12/2015 and 100 KTR obtained from a DD were analyzed; 24% harbored DSA by SAB assay, MFI values >500 were considered positive. All recipients received thymoglobulin induction and generic tacrolimus-based maintenance therapy. Graft biopsies were performed by protocol on months 3 and 12 as well as per indication. The incidence of AMR and ACR was correlated with the existence of pretransplant DSA. Overall, 34% of patients developed an acute rejection episode, 54.2% in the DSA group versus 27.6% in the non-DSA group (p=0.032), and most of these events were detected as subclinical conditions in protocol biopsies. AMR events developed in 33.3% and 19.7% (p=0.176) in the DSA and the non-DSA groups, respectively. ACR events were found in 16.6% and 6.6% (p=0.127) in the DSA and non-DSA groups, respectively. Graft function was similar between groups at the end of the 1st year posttransplant and no immunological graft loss occurred. Despite the use of depleting induction therapy and adequate tacrolimus trough levels along with MMF and steroids, a high rate of rejection events was observed during the first year post-transplantation. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  15. Nonclinical Evaluation of the New Topical Hemostatic Agent TT-173 for Skin Grafting Procedures.

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    Rojas Codina, Santiago; Herance, José Raúl; Centeno, Alberto; Valero, Javier; Arias, Belén; Miquel, Ignasi; Sánchez, Pilar; Rincón, Esther; López, Ramón; Murat, Jesús

    Blood loss during grafting surgery represents a major concern of this procedure and the development of hemostatic agents for this indication is highly desirable. TT-173 is the first biologically active treatment based on tissue factor instead of thrombin. This study sought to investigate the efficacy, systemic absorption, and toxicology of TT-173 in animal models to support clinical evaluation of the product in donor sites of patients subjected to skin grafting. Procoagulant efficacy of 148 μg of TT-173 was evaluated in pigs in presence and absence of anticoagulant treatment with unfractioned heparin. Systemic absorption was quantified and characterized in rats subjected to severe skin lesions with affectation of muscular plane using TT-173 radiolabeled with I. The same animal model was used to test the toxicology of a dose of 80 μg of the product. Application of TT-173 significantly reduced the bleeding time of donor sites, even under anticoagulant treatment. Systemic absorption was low; it was excreted through urine and did not concentrate in organs such as liver, lung, or spleen suggesting that the absorbed dose could correspond to degradation fragments without procoagulant activity. Finally, a dose of 80 μg of TT-173 did not cause analytical disturbances suggestive of intravascular coagulation or any other adverse reaction. Nonclinical data obtained suggest that TT-173 could be useful to reduce the blood loss associated to burns treatment and support the clinical evaluation of the product in donor sites of patients subjected to skin grafting.

  16. Smashed skin grafting or smash grafting - a novel method of vitiligo surgery.

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    Krishnan, Ajay; Kar, Sumit

    2012-10-01

    Vitiligo is an acquired progressive disorder characterized by destruction of melanocytes in the lesion and the lesional hair follicles. A number of new therapeutic options for vitiligo have become available over the last decade or so both on the medical as well as surgical side. One among them is the smashed skin grafting or simply smash grafting, which is a modification of split-thickness grafting. In this method, the graft undergoes "smashing" before being applied to the recipient site. Though a simple and effective procedure, very few people are doing the procedure either due to lack of awareness or due to lack of published data. Smash skin grafting was performed in 26 patients with vitiligo in Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, Maharashtra, India. Smashed skin grafting helped to achieve more than 90% repigmentation of the vitiligo patches in our patients. Smashed skin grafting is a simple procedure with fewer side effects, better outcome, and high patient satisfaction or, in simple words, it can be considered as an alternative to various conventional surgical modalities like punch grafting and melanocyte cell culture methods. This article deals with the steps of the procedure, results of the surgery in a small group of patients, and the necessity of increasing the awareness of smash grafting. © 2012 The International Society of Dermatology.

  17. Control of Surface Wound Infection: Skin Versus Synthetic Grafts

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    Saymen, Dennis G.; Nathan, Paul; Holder, Ian Alan; Hill, Edward O.; Macmillan, Bruce G.

    1973-01-01

    Auto-, iso-, or xenografts of skin and synthetics placed on surface wounds freshly contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa stabilizes the wound bacterial population in rats over a 24-h period. When these wounds contained a bacterial contamination established for 24 h prior to grafting, only skin and the synthetic polyhydroxyethylmethacrylate were effective in lowering the initial bacterial concentration. Polyurethane foam and nylon velour were not effective in the established infection model. Skin placed on a contaminated wound for 2 h or longer appeared to equilibrate with the underlying muscle so that the bacterial count per milligram of skin was similar to that of the muscle. It was suggested that this preparation would be useful to obtain an estimate of surface contamination without biopsy of the infected muscle. Skin grafts in place for 2 h significantly lowered the bacterial count in a wound with an established infection. A second decrease occurred between 4 and 24 h after grafting. Histological studies of contaminated and exposed panniculus muscle showed that leukocytes tend to migrate from the muscle surface to its base. Skin grafts and polyhydroxyethylmethacrylate appear to reverse the white cell migration so that the cells move toward the surface of the muscle with preservation of normal staining characteristics in the muscle. It is suggested that this alteration in cell movement after graft application might modify the white cell function and result in a greater bactericidal activity. Apparently, grafts lower bacterial levels in an established infection by modifying the host response to the surface contamination. Images PMID:4197768

  18. Pre-transplant Evaluation of Donor Urinary Biomarkers can Predict Reduced Graft Function After Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation

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    Koo, Tai Yeon; Jeong, Jong Cheol; Lee, Yonggu; Ko, Kwang-Pil; Lee, Kyoung-Bun; Lee, Sik; Park, Suk Joo; Park, Jae Berm; Han, Miyeon; Lim, Hye Jin; Ahn, Curie; Yang, Jaeseok

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Several recipient biomarkers are reported to predict graft dysfunction, but these are not useful in decision making for the acceptance or allocation of deceased donor kidneys; thus, it is necessary to develop donor biomarkers predictive of graft dysfunction. To address this issue, we prospectively enrolled 94 deceased donors and their 109 recipients who underwent transplantation between 2010 and 2013 at 4 Korean transplantation centers. We investigated the predictive values of donor urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1), and L-type fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP) for reduced graft function (RGF). We also developed a prediction model of RGF using these donor biomarkers. RGF was defined as delayed or slow graft function. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to generate a prediction model, which was internally validated using a bootstrapping method. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to assess the association of biomarkers with 1-year graft function. Notably, donor urinary NGAL levels were associated with donor AKI (P = 0.014), and donor urinary NGAL and L-FABP were predictive for RGF, with area under the receiver-operating characteristic curves (AUROC) of 0.758 and 0.704 for NGAL and L-FABP, respectively. The best-fit model including donor urinary NGAL, L-FABP, and serum creatinine conveyed a better predictive value for RGF than donor serum creatinine alone (P = 0.02). In addition, we generated a scoring method to predict RGF based on donor urinary NGAL, L-FABP, and serum creatinine levels. Diagnostic performance of the RGF prediction score (AUROC 0.808) was significantly better than that of the DGF calculator (AUROC 0.627) and the kidney donor profile index (AUROC 0.606). Donor urinary L-FABP levels were also predictive of 1-year graft function (P = 0.005). Collectively, these findings suggest donor urinary NGAL and L-FABP to be useful biomarkers for RGF, and support

  19. Left-sided grafts for living-donor liver transplantation and split grafts for deceased-donor liver transplantation: Their impact on long-term survival

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    Hori, Tomohide; Uemoto, Shinji; Gardner, Lindsay B.; Sibulesky, Lena; Ogura, Yasuhiro; Nguyen, Justin H.

    2014-01-01

    Background A small-for-size graft is important in living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and deceased-donor liver transplantation (DDLT). Subjects and methods First, we confirmed the effect of initial graft volume on survival using a rat model of liver transplantation (LT). We then evaluated the actual long-term survival based on graft type in 1421 LTs (including 1364 LDLTs) at Kyoto University and 2000 DDLTs at the Mayo Clinic, to evaluate donor safety in LDLT and the possibility of shifting to split orthotopic liver transplantation (SOLT) in DDLT. Results In the rat model, SOLTs with 40%- and 20%-grafts had a poor survival. A total of 697 pediatric LTs showed good long-term outcomes (survival rate was 0.764 at 21.2 years). The survival rate of 724 adult LTs was 0.664 at 17.8 years. The survival rates of auxiliary partial orthotopic liver transplantation with a left-sided graft (0.421 at 15.0 years) and SOLT with a left-sided graft (0.000 at 0.8 years) need to be improved. Although the survival rate of 1965 adult DDLTs with a whole-liver graft in the Mayo Clinic was 0.727 at 12.8 years, that of adult SOLT was 0.595 at 11.0 years. Conclusion From the viewpoint of greater donor safety and expanded donor candidates in LDLT, the choice of a left-sided graft still remains controversial. A shift to SOLT to achieve excellent results should be established to resolve a donor shortage in DDLT. PMID:21955515

  20. Long-term results after transplantation of pediatric liver grafts from donation after circulatory death donors.

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    van Rijn, Rianne; Hoogland, Pieter E R; Lehner, Frank; van Heurn, Ernest L W; Porte, Robert J

    2017-01-01

    Liver grafts from donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors are increasingly accepted as an extension of the organ pool for transplantation. There is little data on the outcome of liver transplantation with DCD grafts from a pediatric donor. The objective of this study was to assess the outcome of liver transplantation with pediatric DCD grafts and to compare this with the outcome after transplantation of livers from pediatric donation after brain death (DBD) donors. All transplantations performed with a liver from a pediatric donor (≤16 years) in the Netherlands between 2002 and 2015 were included. Patient survival, graft survival, and complication rates were compared between DCD and DBD liver transplantation. In total, 74 liver transplantations with pediatric grafts were performed; twenty (27%) DCD and 54 (73%) DBD. The median donor warm ischemia time (DWIT) was 24 min (range 15-43 min). Patient survival rate at 10 years was 78% for recipients of DCD grafts and 89% for DBD grafts (p = 0.32). Graft survival rate at 10 years was 65% in recipients of DCD versus 76% in DBD grafts (p = 0.20). If donor livers in this study would have been rejected for transplantation when the DWIT ≥30 min (n = 4), the 10-year graft survival rate would have been 81% after DCD transplantation. The rate of non-anastomotic biliary strictures was 5% in DCD and 4% in DBD grafts (p = 1.00). Other complication rates were also similar between both groups. Transplantation of livers from pediatric DCD donors results in good long-term outcome especially when the DWIT is kept ≤30 min. Patient and graft survival rates are not significantly different between recipients of a pediatric DCD or DBD liver. Moreover, the incidence of non-anastomotic biliary strictures after transplantation of pediatric DCD livers is remarkably low.

  1. Hair Follicle Regeneration in Skin Grafts: Current Concepts and Future Perspectives

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    Mahjour, Seyed Babak; Ghaffarpasand, Fariborz

    2012-01-01

    The repair and management of full-thickness skin defects resulting from burns and chronic wounds remain a significant unmet clinical challenge. For those skin defects exceeding 50%–60% of total body surface area, it is impractical to treat with autologous skin transplants because of the shortage of donor sites. The possibility of using tissue-engineered skin grafts for full-thickness wound repair is a promising approach. The primary goal of tissue-engineered skin grafts is to restore lost barrier function, but regeneration of appendages, such as hair follicles, has to be yet achieved. The successful regeneration of hair follicles in immunodeficient mice suggests that creating human hair follicles in tissue-engineered skin grafts is feasible. However, many limitations still need to be explored, particularly enriching isolated cells with trichogenic capacity, maintaining this ability during processing, and providing the cells with proper environmental cues. Current advances in hair follicle regeneration, in vitro and in vivo, are concisely summarized in this report, and key requirements to bioengineer a hair follicle are proposed, with emphasis on a three-dimensional approach. PMID:21883016

  2. Influence of donor age on renal graft function in first seven post transplant days.

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    Imamovic, Semir; Ljuca, Farid; Imamovic, Goran; Iljazagic Halilovic, Fatima; Krdzalic, Alisa; Hasukic, Sefik; Mesic, Deso; Zerem, Enver

    2010-02-01

    Increasing gap between demand and availability of human kidneys for transplantation has forced a re-evaluation of the limits on donor age acceptability. The present study included 74 patients who underwent kidney transplantation in University Clinical Centre Tuzla. In an observational cohort study we assessed impact of donor age on post transplant renal function by analyzing following parameters: 24 hour urine output, creatinine clearance (Cr Cl) and glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Depending on donor age recipients were allocated in to two groups. Group I included patients who received renal graft from donors age up to 55 years, and Group II encountered recipients who received renal graft from donors older than 55 years. Our goal was to determine whether donor age over 55 years significantly diminishes renal graft function in first seven post transplant days. No statistically significant difference was found between Group I and II regarding 24 hour urine output. From second to fifth postoperative day creatinine clearance values were higher in the group of patients who received kidney from donors older than 55 years (47+/-19, 1 vs. 44, 4+/-20, 8). On the fifth, sixth and seventh post operative day GFR was significantly higher in patients who received renal graft from donors age up to 55 years (p<0, 0161). Our data showed no significant difference in observed variables between the two groups, thus indicating that utilization of renal grafts from donors' age > 55 years is acceptable and may considerably expand the donor pool.

  3. Dupuytren Disease Infiltrating a Full-Thickness Skin Graft.

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    Wade, Ryckie George; Igali, Laszlo; Figus, Andrea

    2016-08-01

    Although the role of the skin in the development and propagation of Dupuytren disease remains unclear, dermofasciectomy and full-thickness skin grafting (FTSG) appears to delay recurrence. In 2011, a 71-year-old, left-handed man presented with recurrent Dupuytren disease in the dominant hand. In 1991, he originally underwent a primary dermofasciectomy and FTSG for Dupuytren disease involving the palmar skin. Twenty years later, the left middle finger was drawn into flexion by a recurrent cord, and the old graft and adjacent palmar skin were clinically involved by fibromatosis. We performed a revision dermofasciectomy and FTSG. Microscopic analysis of the excised graft demonstrated dense infiltration of the entire skin graft by Dupuytren disease, with areas of active and burnt-out fibromatosis distinct from hypertrophic scarring. This report of Dupuytren fibromatosis infiltrating a skin graft raises questions about the pathophysiology of Dupuytren disease. Copyright © 2016 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Epidermal proliferation of nude mouse skin, pig skin, and pig skin grafts. Failure of nude mouse skin to respond to the tumor promoter 12- O-tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate

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    1980-01-01

    Human skin transplanted to nude mice offers a possible experimental system for the study of normal epidermal proliferation and differentiation, and for their pathological counterparts. Crucial to the development of such a system is the demonstration that such grafts retain the responsive features of donor skin. To document that donor proliferative characteristics are maintained in the grafts, a comparative analysis of agents that induce proliferation was made on skin of mice homozygous and heterozygous for nude, on pig skin, and on pig skin transplanted onto nude mice. A wave of epidermal proliferation could be induced in pig skin and pig skin grafted onto nude mice, but not in nude mouse skin after the topical application of 10 ng 12-O- tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate (TPA). A 10-fold greater concentration of TPA or 5% croton oil induced proliferation in all species of epidermis studied. Mice, heterozygous for nude, showed a normal response to 10 ng TPA, suggesting that the ability to respond to TPA may be related, in part, to a recessive genetic trait. Nude mouse skin transplanted to a heterozygous littermate capable of responding to 10 ng TPA does not respond. These observations argue that: the graft retains its donor proliferative characteristics when transplanted to the nude, and the inability of the nude mouse to respond to lower doses of TPA may be related to absorption, the nude gene(s), or an inherent threshold to response. The lack of response to the promoter TPA provides a plausible explanation for the decreased incidence of tumors arising in nude mice during two-stage carcinogenesis experiments. PMID:7000965

  5. Split skin graft application over an integrating, biodegradable temporizing polymer matrix: immediate and delayed.

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    Greenwood, John Edward; Dearman, Bronwyn Louise

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study is to further investigate the NovoSorb™ biodegradable polyurethane in generating dermal scaffolds; to perform a pilot study comparing the previously used spun mat against a recently developed NovoSorb™ foam, ascertaining the optimum structure of the matrix; and to evaluate the successful matrix as an immediate adjunct to split skin grafting and as a temporizing matrix in a prospective six-pig study. A pilot study comparing a previously investigated form of the polymer (spun mat) against a new structural form, a foam, was performed. This was followed by a six-pig study of the foam matrix with three treatment arms-autologous split skin graft alone, polymer foam with immediate engraftment, and polymer foam with delayed engraftment. The foams allowed less wound contraction than the spun mats. The foam structure is less dense (cheaper to produce and having less degradation products). The material remained in situ despite clinical wound infection. Proof of concept was achieved in both treatment modalities in the main study. Split skin graft applied immediately over the polymer foam was able to engraft successfully. The result was "thicker" to pinch and "flush" with the skin surrounding the wound. There was no significant difference in the degree of wound contraction between the graft alone and the polymer plus immediate graft groups. Split skin graft also "took" when applied to the surface of a polymer that had been applied to a wound 11 days earlier, again with a thicker result, flush with the surrounding skin. Split skin grafts alone left a persisting depression. However, a significant degree of wound contraction (compared with the other two groups) was observed in the polymer plus delayed graft group. This has prompted further investigation into "sealing" the polymer foam with a membrane, to prevent evaporative water loss, when the foam is to be used as a biodegradable temporizing matrix. The studies indicate that the Novo

  6. Hydrogen inhalation decreases lung graft injury in brain-dead donor rats.

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    Zhou, Huacheng; Fu, Zhijie; Wei, Yuting; Liu, Jinfeng; Cui, Xiaoguang; Yang, Wanchao; Ding, Wengang; Pan, Peng; Li, Wenzhi

    2013-02-01

    The process of brain death induces acute lung injury in donors and aggravates ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) in grafts. Hydrogen, a new anti-oxidant, attenuates IRI in several organ transplant models. We examined whether 2% inhaled hydrogen would show favorable effects on lung grafts from brain-dead donor rats. Brain-dead donor rats inhaled mixed gases with either 50% oxygen and 50% nitrogen or mixed gases with 2% hydrogen, 50% oxygen and 48% nitrogen for 2 hours. The recipients inhaled the same gas as the donors and were euthanized 2 hours after lung transplantation. Hydrogen improved PaO(2)/FIO(2) and PVO(2)/FIO(2) from the arterial and pulmonary venous blood in recipients and decreased the lung injury score in grafts from brain-dead donors. Hydrogen decreased the amount of IL-8 and TNF-α in serum, inhibited the activity of malondialdehyde and myeloperoxidase, and increased the activity of superoxide dismutase in the lung grafts from brain-dead donors. Furthermore, hydrogen decreased the apoptotic index of the cells and inhibited the protein expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and caspase-3 in lung grafts from brain-dead donors. Hydrogen can exert protective effects on lung grafts from brain-dead donors through anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-apoptotic mechanisms. Copyright © 2013 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Effect of Donor Graft Quality on Clinical Outcomes After Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus.

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    Feizi, Sepehr; Javadi, Mohammad Ali; Ghasemi, Hassan; Javadi, Fatemeh

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the effect of donor and eye bank characteristics on graft rating and clinical outcomes after penetrating keratoplasty (PK) for keratoconus. This retrospective interventional case series included 252 keratoconic eyes which underwent PK. Donor data included age and sex, cause of death, death-to-preservation time, preservation-to-surgery time, epithelial and stromal status, endothelial cell density (ECD) and morphology, and graft rating. Postoperative outcomes included visual acuity, refractive error, epithelial problems, suture-related complications, graft rejection, and graft transparency. Multivariate regression analysis assessed correlations between donor and eye bank characteristics and graft quality, and postoperative outcomes. Mean recipient and donor age was 29.7 ± 10.0 and 26.2 ± 8.8 years, respectively and mean follow-up period was 66.7 ± 38.5 months. Death-to-preservation time was significantly associated with the presence of graft epithelial sloughing (P = 0.005) and stromal cloudiness (P < 0.001). Donor age significantly influenced ECD (P = 0.02), mean cell area (P = 0.04), and hexagonality (P = 0.01). The presence of epithelial defects on postoperative day 1 correlated significantly with death-to-preservation time (P = 0.004). Graft stromal edema on postoperative day 1 was significantly associated with graft epithelial sloughing (P < 0.001). Postoperative visual and refractive outcomes, complications, and graft survival were not correlated with any donor or eye bank factors. Donor and eye bank variables affected the quality of donor corneas and early postoperative course. However, their long term effect on clinical outcomes, complications, and graft survival were insignificant.

  8. Effect of Donor Graft Quality on Clinical Outcomes After Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus

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    Feizi, Sepehr; Javadi, Mohammad Ali; Ghasemi, Hassan; Javadi, Fatemeh

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the effect of donor and eye bank characteristics on graft rating and clinical outcomes after penetrating keratoplasty (PK) for keratoconus. Methods: This retrospective interventional case series included 252 keratoconic eyes which underwent PK. Donor data included age and sex, cause of death, death-to-preservation time, preservation-to-surgery time, epithelial and stromal status, endothelial cell density (ECD) and morphology, and graft rating. Postoperative outcomes included visual acuity, refractive error, epithelial problems, suture-related complications, graft rejection, and graft transparency. Multivariate regression analysis assessed correlations between donor and eye bank characteristics and graft quality, and postoperative outcomes. Results: Mean recipient and donor age was 29.7 ± 10.0 and 26.2 ± 8.8 years, respectively and mean follow-up period was 66.7 ± 38.5 months. Death-to-preservation time was significantly associated with the presence of graft epithelial sloughing (P = 0.005) and stromal cloudiness (P < 0.001). Donor age significantly influenced ECD (P = 0.02), mean cell area (P = 0.04), and hexagonality (P = 0.01). The presence of epithelial defects on postoperative day 1 correlated significantly with death-to-preservation time (P = 0.004). Graft stromal edema on postoperative day 1 was significantly associated with graft epithelial sloughing (P < 0.001). Postoperative visual and refractive outcomes, complications, and graft survival were not correlated with any donor or eye bank factors. Conclusion: Donor and eye bank variables affected the quality of donor corneas and early postoperative course. However, their long term effect on clinical outcomes, complications, and graft survival were insignificant. PMID:27051479

  9. K-wire assisted split-thickness skin graft harvesting from the anterior trunk.

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    Yontar, Yalcin; Coruh, Atilla; Severcan, Mehmet

    2016-02-01

    Split thickness skin graft (STSG) harvesting from the anterior chest and abdominal wall skin is quite a difficult process. The main reason for the difficulty to perform this process is the unsuitable anatomic characteristics of the anterior trunk, such as irregular wavy-like surface over the ribs and lax abdominal wall skin resulting in collapse due to lack of adequate underneath supporting structures when a downward force is applied by the skin graft dermatome. Lower extremity and especially the thigh are generally chosen as the donor site where the STSGs are easily harvested from. However, extensive lower extremity burns, with or without other region burns, preclude harvesting auto STSGs from this invaluable anatomic site. We harvested K-wire assisted STSGs from the anterior chest and abdominal wall skin of 7 patients with lower extremity burns and also a patient that sustained motor vehicle collision. We encountered no problems in any of our patients both intra and postoperatively by using K-wire assisted STSG harvesting. All of the STSGs donor sites healed uneventfully without complications. In our opinion, K-wire assisted STSG harvesting must always be in the tool-box of any surgeon who deals with extensive burns with or without lower extremity burns and extensive traumas of lower extremities. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  10. Selection of a right posterior sector graft for living donor liver transplantation.

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    Yoshizumi, Tomoharu; Ikegami, Toru; Kimura, Koichi; Uchiyama, Hideaki; Ikeda, Tetsuo; Shirabe, Ken; Maehara, Yoshihiko

    2014-09-01

    Right posterior sector (RPS) grafts have been used to overcome graft size discrepancies, the major concern of living donor liver transplantation. Previous studies have reported the volumetry-based selection of RPS grafts without anatomical exclusion. We reviewed our data and established selection criteria for RPS grafts. The procurement of RPS grafts [conventional (n = 3) and extended (n = 5)] was performed for 8 of 429 recipients at our center. Extended RPS grafts contained the drainage area of the right hepatic vein. The mean graft weight (GW) according to 3-dimensional computed tomography volumetry was 488 g, and the GW/standard liver weight (SLW) ratio was 42.6%. The mean actual GW was 437 g, and the GW/SLW ratio was 38.4%. One donor exhibited standard bifurcation of the right portal vein (PV) and the left PV, and 2 donors exhibited trifurcation of the left PV, the right anterior portal vein (APV), and the posterior PV. The remaining 5 donors exhibited APV branching from the left PV, which is the most suitable anatomy for RPS grafts. Two recipients died of sepsis or small-for-size graft syndrome. One underwent retransplantation because of an intractable bile leak and fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis. Intractable bile duct (BD) stenosis developed in 4 of the 6 survivors. In conclusion, with the significant complications and potential concerns associated with RPS grafts, these grafts should be used very rarely and with extreme caution. Donors with the standard bifurcation of the PV and the posterior BD running through the dorsal side of the posterior PV are not suitable candidates for RPS grafts. Extended RPS graft procurement is recommended for easier parenchymal transection.

  11. EHTIC study: Evaluation of a new hemostatic agent based on tissue factor in skin grafting procedures.

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    Rojas, Santiago; Pérez Del Caz, M Dolores; Esteban Vico, Juan Ramón; Villaverde, Eloísa; Llinas, Abel; Martínez, José Ramón; Brage, Carlos; Valero, Javier; González Rodríguez, Alba; Garcia Barreiro, Juan; López-Suso, Eugenia; Fernandez-Cañamaque, Jose Luis; López, Ramón; Murat, Jesus

    2017-06-01

    Excessive bleeding is a major concern in scar debridement and grafting procedures. TT-173 is a new topical hemostatic agent based on recombinant human tissue factor that has shown promising results in patients who underwent tooth extraction. EHTIC study sought to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TT-173 to reduce the bleeding in donor sites of skin grafting procedures. EHTIC study was a phase II, randomized, parallel, double blind, placebo controlled trial. Patients received TT-173 (n=38) or placebo (n=33) sprayed over donor site after graft harvest. Time to hemostasis and incidence of adverse events were recorded. Systemic absorption of the product and its immunogenicity were also measured during the follow up of the subjects. Treatment with TT-173 significantly reduced the bleeding time from 7 to 3min (Log-Rank p<0.0001). Moreover, bleeding stopped within the 10min of evaluation period in all the patients that received TT-173. In contrast, 24.24% of patients from placebo group required additional measures to arrest hemorrhage (Fisher p=0.0013). Product related adverse events, systemic absorption into blood stream, interferences with the healing of the donor site or immunogenic reaction against TT-173 were not observed. The new hemostatic agent TT-173 has proven efficacious and safe to reduce the bleeding from donor site. This study paves the way for further investigation of the product as topical hemostatic treatment in plastic surgery and other surgical indications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  12. CSF-1–dependant donor-derived macrophages mediate chronic graft-versus-host disease

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    Alexander, Kylie A.; Flynn, Ryan; Lineburg, Katie E.; Kuns, Rachel D.; Teal, Bianca E.; Olver, Stuart D.; Lor, Mary; Raffelt, Neil C.; Koyama, Motoko; Leveque, Lucie; Le Texier, Laetitia; Melino, Michelle; Markey, Kate A.; Varelias, Antiopi; Engwerda, Christian; Serody, Jonathan S.; Janela, Baptiste; Ginhoux, Florent; Clouston, Andrew D.; Blazar, Bruce R.; Hill, Geoffrey R.; MacDonald, Kelli P.A.

    2014-01-01

    Chronic GVHD (cGVHD) is the major cause of late, nonrelapse death following stem cell transplantation and characteristically develops in organs such as skin and lung. Here, we used multiple murine models of cGVHD to investigate the contribution of macrophage populations in the development of cGVHD. Using an established IL-17–dependent sclerodermatous cGVHD model, we confirmed that macrophages infiltrating the skin are derived from donor bone marrow (F4/80+CSF-1R+CD206+iNOS–). Cutaneous cGVHD developed in a CSF-1/CSF-1R–dependent manner, as treatment of recipients after transplantation with CSF-1 exacerbated macrophage infiltration and cutaneous pathology. Additionally, recipients of grafts from Csf1r–/– mice had substantially less macrophage infiltration and cutaneous pathology as compared with those receiving wild-type grafts. Neither CCL2/CCR2 nor GM-CSF/GM-CSFR signaling pathways were required for macrophage infiltration or development of cGVHD. In a different cGVHD model, in which bronchiolitis obliterans is a prominent manifestation, F4/80+ macrophage infiltration was similarly noted in the lungs of recipients after transplantation, and lung cGVHD was also IL-17 and CSF-1/CSF-1R dependent. Importantly, depletion of macrophages using an anti–CSF-1R mAb markedly reduced cutaneous and pulmonary cGVHD. Taken together, these data indicate that donor macrophages mediate the development of cGVHD and suggest that targeting CSF-1 signaling after transplantation may prevent and treat cGVHD. PMID:25157821

  13. Increasing the recipient benefit/donor risk ratio by lowering the graft size requirement for living donor liver transplantation.

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    Chan, See Ching; Fan, Sheung Tat; Chok, Kenneth S H; Sharr, William W; Dai, Wing Chiu; Fung, James Y Y; Chan, Kwok Yin; Balsarkar, Dharmesh J; Lo, Chung Mau

    2012-09-01

    In living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), a right liver graft is larger than a left liver graft and hence leads to better recipient survival. However, in comparison with donor left hepatectomy, donor right hepatectomy carries a higher donor risk. We estimated the expansion of the applicability of left liver living donor liver transplantation (LLDLT) by lowering the graft weight (GW)/standard liver volume (SLV) ratio in increments of 5%. Consecutive LDLT cases were included in this study. The results of computed tomography volumetry provided the graft volume measurements, and the GW was derived from the graft volume with the conversion factor of 1.19 mL/g. We tried to estimate how many more times LLDLT would have been feasible if the GW/SLV requirement had been lowered to 40%, 35%, 30%, or 25%. In all, 361 consecutive donor-recipient pairs underwent LDLT. Right liver living donor liver transplantation (RLDLT) accounted for 95% of the LDLT cases. Most recipients were male (74.2%), and most donors were female (60.4%). The median GW/SLV ratio was 46% (47% for RLDLT and 37% for LLDLT, P < 0.001). Two of the 218 female donors donated the left liver, and 12 of the 93 female recipients received a left liver. In 147 of the 173 cases (85%) when the donor was female and the recipient was male, the GW/SLV ratio did not reach 30%. LLDLT could have been performed more often than 5% of the time if a lower GW/SLV requirement had been adopted. With GW/SLV ratios ≥ 40%, ≥ 35%, ≥ 30%, and ≥ 25%, the proportion of LLDLT cases would have risen from 5% to 5.8%, 12.5%, 29.1%, and 62.3%, respectively. LLDLT could have been performed approximately twice as often with every 5% reduction of the GW/SLV requirement. In conclusion, lowering the graft size requirement could improve the applicability of LLDLT and hence reduce donor risk.

  14. Validation of tissue quality parameters for donor corneas, designated for emergency cases: corneal graft survival.

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    Rijneveld, Wilhelmina J; Wolff, Rachel; Völker-Dieben, Hennie J M; Pels, Elisabeth

    2011-12-01

    To validate tissue quality parameters for donor corneas designated for emergency grafting for corneal graft survival. In a longitudinal cohort follow-up study, 131 emergency penetrating grafts were studied. Grafts were performed with a pool of organ-cultured donor corneas designated for emergency grafting and prepared for immediate use with all safety tests performed. Assignation criteria were: corneas with a small superficial stromal opacity but meeting all selection criteria for PKP tissue and corneas without stromal opacity, but an endothelial cell density from 1800 to 2300 cells/mm(2) or mild polymegathism or pleomorphism. Cox multivariate regression analysis, Kaplan-Meier survival and log rank test were applied. Of the 131 keratoplasties, 115 could be followed. One eye was lost during surgery because of an expulsive bleeding. In 15 cases, a conjunctival transplantation finished off the penetrating graft. Corneal graft survival was not significantly related to the presence of PKP quality of the donor endothelium, neither with a cloudy graft nor with endothelial decompensation as the cause of failure. Main risk factors for a failed graft were vascularization of the host cornea (p=0.0001), the presence of a systemic auto immune disease in the recipient (p=0.003) and the disease leading to the (imminent) perforation and emergency graft (p=0.021). A selected pool of donor corneas designated for emergency grafting that does not interfere with the scheduled procedures allows more efficient and safe use of donor tissue in case of a(n) (imminent) perforation. Corneal graft survival rates justify the criteria for selection. © 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Acta Ophthalmol.

  15. Composite vascularized skin/bone graft model: a viable source for vascularized bone marrow transplantation.

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    Siemionow, Maria; Ulusal, Betul G; Ozmen, Selahattin; Ulusal, Ali E; Ozer, Kagan

    2004-01-01

    In this study, we introduce a new model for vascularized skin and bone marrow transplantation. Twenty-five Lewis (RT1(1)) rats were studied. Anatomic dissection studies were performed in 5 animals. In the experimental group, 10 isograft transplantations were performed between Lewis rats. Combined groin skin and femoral bone flaps were transplanted based on the femoral artery and vein. Transplants were evaluated on a daily basis. All flaps survived without problems over 100 days posttransplant. The skin component remained pink and pliable, and grew new hair. Histological examination of the femoral bone (except the femoral head) revealed active hematopoiesis with a viable compact and cancellous bone components on day 100 posttransplant. This model can be applied to tolerance induction studies across the major Histocompatibility (MHC) barrier, where bone will serve as donor of stem and progenitor cells, and the skin flap will serve as a monitor of graft rejection.

  16. Donor-specific anti-HLA Abs and graft failure in matched unrelated donor hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Ciurea, Stefan O.; Thall, Peter F.; Wang, Xuemei; Wang, Sa A.; Hu, Ying; Cano, Pedro; Aung, Fleur; Rondon, Gabriela; Molldrem, Jeffrey J.; Korbling, Martin; Shpall, Elizabeth J.; de Lima, Marcos; Champlin, Richard E.

    2011-01-01

    Anti-HLA donor-specific Abs (DSAs) have been reported to be associated with graft failure in mismatched hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; however, their role in the development of graft failure in matched unrelated donor (MUD) transplantation remains unclear. We hypothesize that DSAs against a mismatched HLA-DPB1 locus is associated with graft failure in this setting. The presence of anti-HLA Abs before transplantation was determined prospectively in 592 MUD transplantation recipients using mixed-screen beads in a solid-phase fluorescent assay. DSA identification was performed using single-Ag beads containing the corresponding donor's HLA-mismatched Ags. Anti-HLA Abs were detected in 116 patients (19.6%), including 20 patients (3.4%) with anti-DPB1 Abs. Overall, graft failure occurred in 19 of 592 patients (3.2%), including 16 of 584 (2.7%) patients without anti-HLA Abs compared with 3 of 8 (37.5%) patients with DSA (P = .0014). In multivariate analysis, DSAs were the only factor highly associated with graft failure (P = .0001; odds ratio = 21.3). Anti-HLA allosensitization was higher overall in women than in men (30.8% vs 12.1%; P < .0001) and higher in women with 1 (P = .008) and 2 or more pregnancies (P = .0003) than in men. We conclude that the presence of anti-DPB1 DSAs is associated with graft failure in MUD hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. PMID:21967975

  17. Donor-specific anti-HLA Abs and graft failure in matched unrelated donor hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Ciurea, Stefan O; Thall, Peter F; Wang, Xuemei; Wang, Sa A; Hu, Ying; Cano, Pedro; Aung, Fleur; Rondon, Gabriela; Molldrem, Jeffrey J; Korbling, Martin; Shpall, Elizabeth J; de Lima, Marcos; Champlin, Richard E; Fernandez-Vina, Marcelo

    2011-11-24

    Anti-HLA donor-specific Abs (DSAs) have been reported to be associated with graft failure in mismatched hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; however, their role in the development of graft failure in matched unrelated donor (MUD) transplantation remains unclear. We hypothesize that DSAs against a mismatched HLA-DPB1 locus is associated with graft failure in this setting. The presence of anti-HLA Abs before transplantation was determined prospectively in 592 MUD transplantation recipients using mixed-screen beads in a solid-phase fluorescent assay. DSA identification was performed using single-Ag beads containing the corresponding donor's HLA-mismatched Ags. Anti-HLA Abs were detected in 116 patients (19.6%), including 20 patients (3.4%) with anti-DPB1 Abs. Overall, graft failure occurred in 19 of 592 patients (3.2%), including 16 of 584 (2.7%) patients without anti-HLA Abs compared with 3 of 8 (37.5%) patients with DSA (P = .0014). In multivariate analysis, DSAs were the only factor highly associated with graft failure (P = .0001; odds ratio = 21.3). Anti-HLA allosensitization was higher overall in women than in men (30.8% vs 12.1%; P < .0001) and higher in women with 1 (P = .008) and 2 or more pregnancies (P = .0003) than in men. We conclude that the presence of anti-DPB1 DSAs is associated with graft failure in MUD hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

  18. Changes in histopathology and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression in skin graft with different time on Indonesian local cats.

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    Erwin; Etriwati; Gunanti; Handharyani, Ekowati; Noviana, Deni

    2017-06-01

    A good skin graft histopathology is followed by formation of hair follicle, sweat gland, sebaceous gland, blood vessel, lightly dense connective tissue, epidermis, and dermis layer. This research aimed to observe histopathology feature and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression on cat skin post skin grafting within a different period of time. Nine male Indonesian local cats aged 1-2 years old weighing 3-4 kg were separated into three groups. First surgery created defect wound of 2 cm × 2 cm in size to whole groups. The wounds were left alone for several days, differing in interval between each group, respectively: Group I (for 2 days), Group II (for 4 days), and Group III (for 6 days). The second surgery was done to each group which harvested skin of thoracic area and applied it on recipient wound bed. On day 24(th) post skin graft was an examination of histopathology and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 immunohistochemistry. Group I donor skin's epidermis layer had not formed completely whereas epidermis of donor skin of Groups II and III had completely formed. In all group hair follicle, sweat gland, sebaceous gland, and neovascularization were found. The density of connective tissue in Group I was very solid than other groups. Cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression was found on donor skin's epithelial cell in epidermis and dermis layer with very brown intensity for Group II, brown intensity for Group II, and lightly brown for Group I. Histopathological structure and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression post skin graft are better in Groups II and III compared to Group I.

  19. In vitro skin models and tissue engineering protocols for skin graft applications.

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    Naves, Lucas B; Dhand, Chetna; Almeida, Luis; Rajamani, Lakshminarayanan; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2016-11-30

    In this review, we present a brief introduction of the skin structure, a concise compilation of skin-related disorders, and a thorough discussion of different in vitro skin models, artificial skin substitutes, skin grafts, and dermal tissue engineering protocols. The advantages of the development of in vitro skin disorder models, such as UV radiation and the prototype model, melanoma model, wound healing model, psoriasis model, and full-thickness model are also discussed. Different types of skin grafts including allografts, autografts, allogeneic, and xenogeneic are described in detail with their associated applications. We also discuss different tissue engineering protocols for the design of various types of skin substitutes and their commercial outcomes. Brief highlights are given of the new generation three-dimensional printed scaffolds for tissue regeneration applications. © 2016 The Author(s). published by Portland Press Limited on behalf of the Biochemical Society.

  20. Fractional CO2 laser treatment for a skin graft.

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    Stephan, Farid E; Habre, Maya B; Helou, Josiane F; Tohme, Roland G; Tomb, Roland R

    2016-01-01

    Skin grafts are widely used in reconstructive and plastic surgery, leaving an inevitable scar appearance on the body, affecting the quality of life of the patients. Fractional ablative lasers have become a leading procedure for the treatment of acne and burn scars. We report a case of a skin graft showing excellent improvement in overall appearance after three sessions of fractional CO2 laser. The undamaged tissue left between the microthermal treatment zones is responsible of collagen formation and reepithelialization. Remodeling and collagen formation are observed even 6 months after a fractional CO2 laser session.

  1. The role of "indirect" recognition in initiating rejection of skin grafts from major histocompatibility complex class II-deficient mice.

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    Auchincloss, H; Lee, R; Shea, S; Markowitz, J S; Grusby, M J; Glimcher, L H

    1993-01-01

    In vitro studies have revealed several pathways by which T cells can respond to alloantigens, including CD4+ direct responses to allogeneic class II antigens, CD8+ direct responses to allogeneic class I antigens, and CD4+ "indirect" responses to peptides of alloantigens presented in association with responder class II molecules. In vivo studies of skin graft rejection, however, have so far provided clear evidence for the contribution of only the two direct pathways and not for indirect recognition. We have used major histocompatibility complex class II-deficient mice as donors to test the role of indirect recognition in rejection of skin grafts. Class II-deficient skin was always rejected without delay by normal recipients. Removal of recipient CD8+ cells (to leave the animals dependent on CD4+ function) or depletion of recipient CD4+ cells revealed that CD4+ cells were usually involved and sometimes absolutely required in this rapid rejection. Since the donor grafts lacked class II antigens, the CD4+ cells must have recognized donor antigens presented in association with recipient class II molecules. These results therefore indicate that indirect recognition can initiate rapid skin graft rejection. PMID:8475083

  2. Ex vivo rapamycin generates donor Th2 cells that potently inhibit graft-versus-host disease and graft-versus-tumor effects via an IL-4-dependent mechanism.

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    Foley, Jason E; Jung, Unsu; Miera, Angel; Borenstein, Todd; Mariotti, Jacopo; Eckhaus, Michael; Bierer, Barbara E; Fowler, Daniel H

    2005-11-01

    Rapamycin (sirolimus) inhibits graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) and polarizes T cells toward Th2 cytokine secretion after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Therefore, we reasoned that ex vivo rapamycin might enhance the generation of donor Th2 cells capable of preventing GVHD after fully MHC-disparate murine BMT. Using anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 costimulation, CD4+ Th2 cell expansion was preserved partially in high-dose rapamycin (10 microM; Th2.rapa cells). Th2.rapa cells secreted IL-4 yet had reduced IL-5, IL-10, and IL-13 secretion relative to control Th2 cells. BMT cohorts receiving wild-type (WT) Th2.rapa cells, but not Th2.rapa cells generated from IL-4-deficient (knockout) donors, had marked Th2 skewing post-BMT and greatly reduced donor anti-host T cell alloreactivity. Histologic studies demonstrated that Th2.rapa cell recipients had near complete abrogation of skin, liver, and gut GVHD. Overall survival in recipients of WT Th2.rapa cells, but not IL-4 knockout Th2.rapa cells, was constrained due to marked attenuation of an allogeneic graft-vs-tumor (GVT) effect against host-type breast cancer cells. Delay in Th2.rapa cell administration until day 4, 7, or 14 post-BMT enhanced GVT effects, moderated GVHD, and improved overall survival. Therefore, ex vivo rapamycin generates enhanced donor Th2 cells for attempts to balance GVHD and GVT effects.

  3. Is Brain-Dead Donor Fluid Therapy With Colloids Associated With Better Kidney Grafts?

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    Limnell, Niko; Schramko, Alexey A

    2017-06-16

    Fluid therapy is required to maintain perfusion to donor organs. Recent reviews on the choices of fluids have emphasized the safety of using crystalloids, as opposed to fluid therapy with colloids, which has been reported to be either unequivocally or potentially harmful in a number of studies on various patient populations. We aimed to analyze whether the type of fluid administered to donors is connected with kidney transplant outcomes. A total of 100 consecutive brain-dead multiorgan donors and their respective 181 kidney recipients were studied retrospectively. Data concerning donor fluid therapy, the characteristics of the donors and the recipients, and outcomes after kidney transplant were extracted from organ retrieval and patient records. Cases with early graft function were compared with cases with delayed graft function. Donors had received both crystalloids and colloids in most cases (84%). Fluid therapy with crystalloids alone was more common among the 40 recipients with delayed (30%) than in the 103 recipients with early graft function (11%) (P = .005). Donor age, time on renal replacement therapy before transplant, and donor fluid therapy with crystalloids alone were independent risk factors for delayed graft function in multivariate analysis. Our results suggest that donor fluid therapy including colloids could be beneficial instead of harmful compared with treatment with crystalloids alone. This finding needs to be evaluated in prospective studies.

  4. Lendrum (-MSB) staining for fibrin identification in sealed skin grafts.

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    Fisseler-Eckhoff, A; Müller, K M

    1994-05-01

    The significance and effect of fibrin sealant systems for woundhealing are still unknown, because of the use of insufficient, conventional staining methods for the demonstration of the fibrin components used by sealant systems. From 21 patients with extensive burns of 2nd and 3rd degree biopsies of the skin were obtained during consecutive operations to cover the defect of the skin with split-thickness skin grafting. In the present paper morphological results concerning the demonstration of fibrin components and morphological differences in woundhealing of sealed and unsealed skin grafts are presented using Lendrum (-MSB) staining. With this staining method it is possible to identify exogenous fibrin components of the sealant system and to differentiate between fresh and older fibrin components, due to colour changes depending on time.

  5. FTY720 treatment prolongs skin graft survival in a completely incompatible strain combination.

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    Lima, R S M; Nogueira-Martins, M F; Silva, H T; Pestana, J O M; Bueno, V

    2004-05-01

    FTY720 has shown potent immunomodulatory activity in a variety of animal organ transplant models. However, the in vivo immunosuppressive mechanism of FTY720 is still not fully understood. It has been suggested that the marked decrease in the number of peripheral blood lymphocytes during FTY720 administration could be responsible for its immunosuppressive effects. Our aims were: (1) to study the effects of FTY720 treatment on skin graft survival using a fully mismatched strain combination and (2) to evaluate lymphocyte numbers in different sites at 5 days after skin transplant. C57BL/6 mice and BALB/c mice were the donors and recipients respectively. BALB/c mice received FTY720 (1 mg/kg/d) orally for 4 consecutive days. Drug administration started 1 day before skin transplants. A small segment of tail skin was affixed on the right dorsal side of the mouse via sutures. The administration of FTY720 (4 mg/kg) prolonged skin graft survival from 12.6 +/- 2.2 days (no treatment) to 16.6 +/- 4.2 days. The histologic findings of rejection were similar for all groups. Five days after transplant, lymphocyte numbers were significantly increased in lymph nodes compared with nontransplanted or isogenic graft mice. FTY720 decreased lymphocyte numbers only in the spleen. In conclusion, FTY720 prolonged skin graft survival in a fully mismatched strain combination when administered for 4 days (day -1 to day +2) at a dose of 1 mg/kg/d. The decreased number of lymphocytes in the spleen suggests that the spleen may be a target of FTY720 activity, during the early posttransplant period.

  6. Role of donor hemodynamic trajectory in determining graft survival in liver transplantation from donation after circulatory death donors.

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    Firl, Daniel J; Hashimoto, Koji; O'Rourke, Colin; Diago-Uso, Teresa; Fujiki, Masato; Aucejo, Federico N; Quintini, Cristiano; Kelly, Dympna M; Miller, Charles M; Fung, John J; Eghtesad, Bijan

    2016-11-01

    Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors show heterogeneous hemodynamic trajectories following withdrawal of life support. Impact of hemodynamics in DCD liver transplant is unclear, and objective measures of graft viability would ease transplant surgeon decision making and inform safe expansion of the donor organ pool. This retrospective study tested whether hemodynamic trajectories were associated with transplant outcomes in DCD liver transplantation (n = 87). Using longitudinal clustering statistical techniques, we phenotyped DCD donors based on hemodynamic trajectory for both mean arterial pressure (MAP) and peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2 ) following withdrawal of life support. Donors were categorized into 3 clusters: those who gradually decline after withdrawal of life support (cluster 1), those who maintain stable hemodynamics followed by rapid decline (cluster 2), and those who decline rapidly (cluster 3). Clustering outputs were used to compare characteristics and transplant outcomes. Cox proportional hazards modeling revealed hepatocellular carcinoma (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.53; P = 0.047), cold ischemia time (HR = 1.50 per hour; P = 0.027), and MAP cluster 1 were associated with increased risk of graft loss (HR = 3.13; P = 0.021), but not SpO2 cluster (P = 0.172) or donor warm ischemia time (DWIT; P = 0.154). Despite longer DWIT, MAP and SpO2 clusters 2 showed similar graft survival to MAP and SpO2 clusters 3, respectively. In conclusion, despite heterogeneity in hemodynamic trajectories, DCD donors can be categorized into 3 clinically meaningful subgroups that help predict graft prognosis. Further studies should confirm the utility of liver grafts from cluster 2. Liver Transplantation 22 1469-1481 2016 AASLD. © 2016 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

  7. The evolution of acute burn care - retiring the split skin graft.

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    Greenwood, J E

    2017-07-01

    The skin graft was born in 1869 and since then, surgeons have been using split skin grafts for wound repair. Nevertheless, this asset fails the big burn patient, who deserves an elastic, mobile and robust outcome but who receives the poorest possible outcome based on donor site paucity. Negating the need for the skin graft requires an autologous composite cultured skin and a material capable of temporising the burn wound for four weeks until the composite is produced. A novel, biodegradable polyurethane chemistry has been used to create two such products. This paper describes the design, production, optimisation and evaluation of several iterations of these products. The evaluation has occurred in a variety of models, both in vitro and in vivo, employing Hunterian scientific principles, and embracing Hunter's love and appreciation of comparative anatomy. The process has culminated in significant human experience in complex wounds and extensive burn injury. Used serially, the products offer robust and elastic healing in deep burns of any size within 6 weeks of injury.

  8. Use of living donor liver grafts with double or triple arteries.

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    Uchiyama, Hideaki; Shirabe, Ken; Yoshizumi, Tomoharu; Ikegami, Toru; Soejima, Yuji; Yamashita, Yoichi; Kawanaka, Hirofumi; Ikeda, Tetsuo; Morita, Masaru; Oki, Eiji; Maehara, Yoshihiko

    2014-06-15

    Hepatic grafts used in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) sometimes have two or more arteries, in which surgeons are required to perform complex arterial reconstruction. The aim of the current study was to demonstrate whether selecting living donor liver grafts with double or triple arteries yielded the same outcomes as grafts with a single artery. We retrospectively investigated the outcomes of LDLT focusing on the numbers of arteries on grafts. Four hundred forty-six cases of LDLT performed between October 1996 and October 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. The cases were divided into the following three groups according to the number of arteries on a graft: the single (n=331), the double (n=108), and the triple (n=7) groups. Artery-related complications occurred in five cases in the single group, two cases in the double group, and no case in the triple group. Although the overall graft survival was comparable among the three groups, there was a tendency of worsened graft survival and increased incidence of anastomotic biliary stricture after liver transplantation in right hepatic grafts with double arteries. The use of grafts with double or triple arteries yielded favorable outcomes with minimum artery-related complications compared with grafts with a single artery. However, the use of right hepatic grafts with double arteries is discouraging in the current study.

  9. Safe use of liver grafts from hepatitis B surface antigen positive donors in liver transplantation.

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    Yu, Songfeng; Yu, Jun; Zhang, Wei; Cheng, Longyu; Ye, Yufu; Geng, Lei; Yu, Zhiyong; Yan, Sheng; Wu, Lihua; Wang, Weilin; Zheng, Shusen

    2014-10-01

    Liver grafts from hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive donors could have potential to increase the donor pool. However, knowledge is extremely limited in this setting because currently available data are mostly from case reports. We aimed to assess the outcomes and experiences of liver transplantation from HBsAg positive donors in a single centre study. From January 2010 to February 2013, 42 adult patients underwent liver transplantation from HBsAg positive donors and 327 patients from HBsAg negative ones. The outcomes including complications and survival of two groups were compared and antiviral therapy retrospectively reviewed. HBsAg positive liver grafts were more likely to be allocated to patients with hepatitis B (HBV)-related diseases. Post-transplant evaluation showed similar graft function regaining pace and no differences in complications such as primary non-function, acute rejection and biliary complications. Patient and graft survivals were comparable to that of HBsAg negative grafts. Furthermore, HBsAg persisted after transplant in all patients that received positive grafts. The donor HBV serum status determined the one of the recipient after transplantation. No HBV flare-ups were observed under antiviral therapy of oral nucleotide analogues, regardless of using hepatitis B immunoglobulin combination. Utilization of HBsAg positive liver grafts seems not to increase postoperative morbidity and mortality. Therefore it is a safe way to expand the donor pool when no suitable donor is available. Our experience also suggests that hepatitis B immunoglobulin should be abandoned in recipients of HBsAg positive liver grafts, in whom HBV prophylaxis could be the only oral antiviral therapy. Copyright © 2014 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Comparison of donor-site engraftment after harvesting vascularized and nonvascularized iliac bone grafts.

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    Ghassemi, Alireza; Ghassemi, Mehrangiz; Riediger, Dieter; Hilgers, Ralf-Dieter; Gerressen, Marcus

    2009-08-01

    The objective of this study is to characterize the donor-site morbidity after harvesting of nonvascularized and vascularized iliac bone grafts. Clinical data of 353 patients were collected for analysis. In addition, a questionnaire was sent to all patients asking about their perceptions of different parameters. In an individual age-matched layout, we compared 34 patients with nonvascularized iliac bone grafts with 34 patients with vascularized iliac bone grafts. Transplantation of vascularized bone grafts has been increasingly performed at our institution. The mean age was 41.5 years in the nonvascularized group and 48.6 years in the vascularized group. The main reason for the bony defect in the vascularized group was malignancy. The majority of postoperative functional problems were observed in obese patients. No patient had serious or long-term complications at the donor site. The amount of bone graft taken affected postoperative sensitivity disturbance and caused postoperative functional problems and pain. We conclude that the iliac crest is a suitable site for harvesting both vascularized and nonvascularized bone grafts measuring up to 10 x 3 cm. For larger defects that require a larger bone graft, a vascularized bone graft is more suitable with a better predictable healing capability. No significant differences in donor-site morbidity were found between the vascularized and nonvascularized bone grafts if a similar amount of bone was taken for transplant.

  11. Effect of graft size matching on pediatric living-donor liver transplantation in Japan.

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    Kasahara, Mureo; Sakamoto, Seisuke; Umeshita, Koji; Uemoto, Shinji

    2014-03-01

    The Japanese Liver Transplantation Society is a cooperative research consortium, established in 1980 to characterize and follow trends in patient and graft survival in all liver transplants in Japan. This study evaluated the effect of graft size matching on survival in pediatric recipients of living donor liver transplant. Between November 1989 and December 2010, there were 2224 patients aged < 18 years who received living-donor liver transplant in Japan. Survival was evaluated according to graft size matching. There were 998 male and 1226 female donors (median age, 35.2 y). There was no donor mortality associated with surgery. The median age of recipients was 4.0 years (range, 13 d to 17.9 y) and body weight was 16.6 kg (range, 2.6 to 90 kg). The survival of living-donor liver transplant recipients was greater for pediatric than adult recipients at 1 year (adult, 81%; pediatric, 88%), 5 years (adult, 72%; pediatric, 85%), 10 years (adult, 66%; pediatric, 83%), and 15 years (adult, 57%; pediatric, 80%) after transplant (difference between adult and pediatric recipients: P ≤ .0001). In the 2224 recipients aged < 18 years, the graft types included left lateral segment in 1549 recipients (70%), left lobe in 500 recipients (23%), reduced left lateral segment in 96 recipients (4%), right lobe in 76 recipients (3%), and posterior segment in 3 recipients (0.1%). There was no significant difference in survival between recipients that had different graft types. However, recipients aged < 1 year (296 recipients) who received grafts with graft-to-recipient body weight ratio > 4.0% had significantly worse patient survival because of problems associated with large-for-size grafts. Living-donor liver transplant had greater survival in children than adult recipients. Graft-to-recipient body weight ratio was a significant prognostic factor in recipients aged < 1 year.

  12. Liver transplant with a marginal donor graft containing a hydatid cyst--a case report.

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    Eris, C; Akbulut, S; Sakcak, I; Kayaalp, C; Ara, C; Yilmaz, S

    2013-03-01

    Liver transplantation has become the standard treatment for acute failure and end-stage liver disease, but there are fewer donor organs available than patients on the waiting list. The donor pool may be increased by using marginal donor candidates. Some infectious and metabolic diseases have been transmitted to the recipient via marginal donor grafts. Hydatid cyst disease is rarely transmitted to a recipient from the donor graft. A literature search showed only 2 previous cases of liver transplantation using a donor graft that contains a hydatid cyst. We treated a 19-year-old woman who experienced acute on chronic end-stage liver failure secondary to cryptogenic cirrhosis. The liver graft from a 97-year-old marginal cadaveric donor contained a calcified hydatid cyst. No complication was associated with the hydatid cyst at 3 years after transplantation. The present case shows that donor livers with an inactive, calcified hydatid cyst may be used for emergency liver transplantation after considering the location, size, and relation of the cyst to vascular and biliary structures. The cyst may be resected on the back table with a successful treatment outcome.

  13. Effect of donor graft quality on clinical outcomes after deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty.

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    Feizi, Sepehr; Javadi, Mohammad A; Kanavi, Mozhgan R; Javadi, Fatemeh

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effect of donor features, including age, death-to-preservation time, preservation-to-surgery time, graft rating, and endothelial cell features, on visual and refractive outcomes and complications occurring after deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) in patients with keratoconus. In this retrospective study, 290 consecutive keratoconic eyes underwent DALK using donor corneas of different qualities, ranging from fair to excellent. Donor corneas were stored in intermediate-term storage medium. Donor data included age and sex, death-to-preservation time, preservation-to-surgery time, epithelial and stromal status, endothelial cell density and morphology, and graft rating. Postoperative outcomes included visual acuity, refractive error, epithelial problems, suture-related complications, graft rejection, and graft transparency. A multivariate regression analysis was used to assess the correlation between donor characteristics and postoperative outcomes. Mean donor and recipient ages were 33.4 ± 13.1 and 27.7 ± 8.0 years, respectively. The mean follow-up period was 38.2 ± 20.2 months. The presence of epithelial defects on postoperative day 1 had a significant correlation with donor epithelial sloughing (R = 0.26, P < 0.001), preservation-to-surgery time (R = 0.21, P = 0.001), and graft rating (R = -0.17, P = 0.004). Graft stromal edema on postoperative day 1 was significantly correlated with donor epithelial sloughing (R = 0.31, P < 0.001), preservation-to-surgery time (R = 0.24, P < 0.001), and graft rating (R = -0.28, P < 0.001). Suture-related complications, graft rejection episodes, graft clarity, visual acuity, and refractive outcomes at the final follow-up examination were found to have no correlations with any donor factors. The use of low-quality donors for DALK increased the rate of epithelial defects and stromal edema immediately postoperatively. However, the donor features had no influence on visual and

  14. Influence of donor and recipient gender as well as selected factors on the five-year survival of kidney graft.

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    Głyda, Maciej; Czapiewski, Wojciech; Karczewski, Marek; Pięta, Renata; Oko, Andrzej

    2011-04-01

    The aim of the study was to determine the impact of the gender of renal allograft donor and recipient on the graft function over a 5-year follow-up period. The 154 kidney grafts from 77 donors transplanted into recipients of both genders. Two study groups were formed: one group consisted of male donors, while the other consisted of female donors. The recipients in each of the groups consisted of a pair, one male and one female. 71% of grafts survived the five-year period in the group of male and female recipients when the donor was male; in case of female donors, the rate was 62.5%. Depending on the gender of the donor and the recipient, the rates of grafts with five-year survival were as follows: 79.2% for male donors and female recipients (MF); 62.5% for male donors and male recipients (MM). The difference between both groups was not statistically significant. In the case of female donors and male recipients (FM), the five-year survival rate was 58.3%, while in female donors and female recipients, the five-year survival rate was 64.1%. Grafts from male donors show a trend towards better five-year survival compared to grafts from female donors. The highest five-year survival rate was observed when the donor was male and the recipient was female; the lowest rate was observed for female donors and male recipients.

  15. Prolongation of GFP-expressed skin graft after intrathymic injection of GFP positive splenocytes in adult rat

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    Hakamata, Yoji; Igarashi, Yuka; Murakami, Takashi; Kobayashi, Eiji

    2006-02-01

    GFP is a fluorescent product of the jellyfish Aequorea victoria and has been used for a variety of biological experiments as a reporter molecule. While GFP possesses advantages for the non-invasive imaging of viable cells, GFP-positive cells are still considered potential xeno-antigens. It is difficult to observe the precise fate of transplanted cells/organs in recipients without immunological control. The aim of this study was to determine whether intrathymic injection of GFP to recipients and the depletion of peripheral lymphocytes could lead to donor-specific unresponsiveness to GFP-expressed cell. LEW rats were administered intraperitoneally with 0.2 ml of anti-rat lymphocyte serum (ALS) 1 day prior to intrathymic injection of donor splenocytes or adeno-GFP vector. Donor cells and vector were non-invasively inoculated into the thymus under high frequency ultrasound imaging using an echo-guide. All animals subsequently received a 7 days GFP-expressed skin graft from the same genetic background GFP LEW transgenic rat. Skin graft survival was greater in rats injected with donor splenocytes (23.6+/-9.1) compared with adeno-GFP (13.0+/-3.7) or untreated control rats (9.5+/-1.0). Intrathymic injection of donor antigen into adult rats can induce donor-specific unresponsiveness. Donor cells can be observed for a long-term in recipients with normal immunity using this strategy.

  16. Survival of cadaveric renal transplant grafts from young donors and in young recipients.

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    Arbus, G S; Rochon, J; Thompson, D

    1991-01-01

    Evidence from multicenter registries has suggested that cadaveric renal graft survival is poorer when either the recipient or the donor is very young. We therefore analyzed our results from a single pediatric center. There was a significant correlation between greater recipient age and improved cadaveric graft (P = 0.002) and patient (P = 0.0009) survival. The age of the donor also appeared important, particularly in very young children, but became less so as donor age rose. Forty-four percent of recipients under 3 years old who received cadaveric kidneys from donors less than 4 years old lost their grafts as a result of renal thrombosis, ischemia, or technical problems, compared with only 3% of recipients over 9 years of age, whose grafts came from donors who were also over 9 years. The 1-year first cadaveric graft survival rates for these two age groups were 33% and 82% respectively. Our experience confirms the poor findings reported in very young recipients and with very young donors.

  17. Successful treatment of incipient graft rejection with donor leukocyte infusions, further proof of a graft versus host lymphohaemopoietic effect.

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    Díez-Martín, J L; Gómez-Pineda, A; Serrano, D; Carrión, R; Balsalobre, P; Buño, I

    2004-05-01

    Graft rejection is a major cause of treatment failure after T-cell-depleted stem cell transplantation (TCD-SCT) and remains a therapeutic challenge. Donor leukocyte infusions (DLIs) have an efficient graft versus host effect, which has been successfully used to treat recipient relapses. We hypothesized that this effect could be exploited to counteract the host versus graft reactions responsible for graft rejection. We report two adult patients with haematological malignancies who underwent sex-mismatched TCD-SCT from HLA-identical sibling donors. Peripheral blood (PB) counts and bone marrow (BM) cellularity were studied on a serial basis. Sequential chimaerism and minimal residual disease analysis were performed by FISH on PB and BM samples as well as on leukocyte lineages (T and B lymphocytes and myeloid cells) purified from PB using immunomagnetic technology. Both patients were diagnosed with incipient graft rejection 2-3 months after engraftment, based on persistently decreasing PB counts and BM cellularity together with the observation of decreasing mixed chimaerism (increasing percentage of recipient cells), mostly in whole PB and T lymphocytes. Both patients were successfully treated with a single DLI (1 x 10(7) CD3+ cells/kg), thereafter achieving normal PB counts and BM cellularity as well as complete chimaerism. Interestingly, the only side effect observed was mild graft versus host disease that did not require treatment. In conclusion, provided that an early diagnosis is made, the graft versus host lymphohaemopoietic effect harboured by immunocompetent donor cells can be successfully used for the treatment of incipient graft rejection.

  18. [Marketing role of corneal graft tissue donation to an eye bank and donors' socioeconomic profile].

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    Farias, Roberta Jansen de Mello; Sousa, Luciene Barbosa de

    2008-01-01

    Penetrating keratoplasty has been the leading and the most successful type of transplant in the world, however corneal deficiency is a commom problem usually presented to corneal surgeons. Impact evaluation of the number of corneal graft donations to the Sorocaba Eye Bank after the implementation of a corneal graft procurement system; to draw the socioeconomic profile of corneal graft donors of the Sorocaba Eye Bank (SEB). Retrospective study on donations to SEB from its creation and after the development of media marketing. Prospective analysis of the socioeconomic profile of corneal graft donors by a questionnaire sent as letters to the families of the donors in a certain month. SEB began its work in 1971 by spreading need of organ donation through lectures in churches, shopping malls, community meetings, radio programs, television programs, etc. In the 70s, the number of retrieved corneal grafts was 1 or 2/month. Between 1984 - 1989 a procurement coordination team was trained to act in mortuaries and by 2000 they also began to work in public hospitals. In 1984 only 260 corneal grafts were retrieved. This number has been increasing to 2,778 corneal graft donations in 2004. The questionnaire was answered by 76 of the 93 donor families, with a response rate of 81.7%. Donor age had a mean of 65.1 +/- 14.7 y/o, forty-two (55.3%) were men. Educational level of the donor families was an important factor for organ donation, once 36.8% had concluded high school and 34.2% completed university. The great majority, sixty-three (82.9%) of the corneal grafts were donated through the efforts of the procurement coordination team. The role of the media and institutional credibility are mandatory for public commitment to organ donation. The proficiency of the procurement coordination team requires intensive training, as the results show that 82.9% donations were made thanks to their efforts.

  19. Changes in histopathology and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression in skin graft with different time on Indonesian local cats

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    Erwin; Etriwati; Gunanti; Handharyani, Ekowati; Noviana, Deni

    2017-01-01

    Aim: A good skin graft histopathology is followed by formation of hair follicle, sweat gland, sebaceous gland, blood vessel, lightly dense connective tissue, epidermis, and dermis layer. This research aimed to observe histopathology feature and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression on cat skin post skin grafting within a different period of time. Materials and Methods: Nine male Indonesian local cats aged 1-2 years old weighing 3-4 kg were separated into three groups. First surgery created defect wound of 2 cm × 2 cm in size to whole groups. The wounds were left alone for several days, differing in interval between each group, respectively: Group I (for 2 days), Group II (for 4 days), and Group III (for 6 days). The second surgery was done to each group which harvested skin of thoracic area and applied it on recipient wound bed. On day 24th post skin graft was an examination of histopathology and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 immunohistochemistry. Results: Group I donor skin’s epidermis layer had not formed completely whereas epidermis of donor skin of Groups II and III had completely formed. In all group hair follicle, sweat gland, sebaceous gland, and neovascularization were found. The density of connective tissue in Group I was very solid than other groups. Cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression was found on donor skin’s epithelial cell in epidermis and dermis layer with very brown intensity for Group II, brown intensity for Group II, and lightly brown for Group I. Conclusion: Histopathological structure and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 expression post skin graft are better in Groups II and III compared to Group I. PMID:28717319

  20. Transgenic expression of human cytoxic T-lymphocyte associated antigen4-immunoglobulin (hCTLA4Ig) by porcine skin for xenogeneic skin grafting.

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    Wang, Yong; Yang, Hua-Qiang; Jiang, Wen; Fan, Na-Na; Zhao, Ben-Tian; Ou-Yang, Zhen; Liu, Zhao-Ming; Zhao, Yu; Yang, Dong-Shan; Zhou, Xiao-Yang; Shang, Hai-Tao; Wang, Lu-Lu; Xiang, Peng-Ying; Ge, Liang-Peng; Wei, Hong; Lai, Liang-Xue

    2015-04-01

    Porcine skin is frequently used as a substitute of human skin to cover large wounds in clinic practice of wound care. In our previous work, we found that transgenic expression of human cytoxicT-lymphocyte associated antigen4-immunoglobulin (hCTLA4Ig) in murine skin graft remarkably prolonged its survival in xenogeneic wounds without extensive immunosuppression in recipients, suggesting that transgenic hCTLA4Ig expression in skin graft may be an effective and safe method to prolong xenogeneic skin graft survival. In this work, using a transgene construct containing hCTLA4Ig coding sequence under the drive of human Keratine 14 (k14) promoter, hCTLA4Ig transgenic pigs were generated by somatic nuclear transfer. The derived transgenic pigs were healthy and exhibited no signs of susceptibility to infection. The hCTLA4Ig transgene was stably transmitted through germline over generations, and thereby a transgenic pig colony was established. In the derived transgenic pigs, hCTLA4Ig expression in skin was shown to be genetically stable over generations, and detected in heart, kidney and corneal as well as in skin. Transgenic hCTLA4Ig protein in pigs exhibited expected biological activity as it suppressed human lymphocyte proliferation in human mixed lymphocyte culture to extents comparable to those of commercially purchased purified hCTLA4Ig protein. In skin grafting from pigs to rats, transgenic porcine skin grafts exhibited remarkably prolonged survival compared to the wild-type skin grafts derived from the same pig strain (13.33 ± 3.64 vs. 6.25 ± 2.49 days, P < 0.01), further indicating that the transgenic hCTLA4Ig protein was biologically active and capable of extending porcine skin graft survival in xenogeneic wounds. The transgenic pigs generated in this work can be used as a reproducible resource to provide porcine skin grafts with extended survival for wound coverage, and also as donors to investigate the impacts of hCTLA4Ig on xenotransplantation of other organs

  1. [Skin graft combined with thorax wire fastening for repairing postoperative coloboma After resection of chest back giant nevus].

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    Zhao, Weimin; Dai, Tao; Yuan, Depin; Zhang, Gongbao

    2011-11-01

    To observe the effectiveness of skin graft combined with thorax wire fastening for repairing postoperative coloboma after resection of chest back giant nevus. Between June 2007 and October 2010, 17 cases of chest back giant nevus were treated. There were 7 males and 10 females, aged from 3 years and 6 months to 15 years (mean, 8 years). The size of giant nevus was 20 cm x 12 cm to 60 cm x 50 cm. Two cases of them were ever treated by laser, while the others were never treated. The check before operation showed ulcer of the skin and effusion in 2 cases, hard skin in 3 cases, hair growth in 7 cases, and normal in 5 cases. Five cases had serious itch. After giant nevus was cut off, thorax wire was fastened to reduce the wound area, and then the intermediate split thickness skin graft of thigh was used to repair the wound. Comprehensive anti-scar treatment was given postoperatively. The wound size was (2 110.74 +/- 725.69) cm2 after resection of giant nevus, and was (1 624.94 +/- 560.57) cm2 after thorax wire fastening, showing significant difference (t = 9.006, P = 0.001). All the grafting skin survived; the incision and wound at donor site healed by first intention. The patients were followed up 6 months to 2 years (mean, 13 months). No scar proliferation or contracture occurred. The skin color and elasticity were similar to the normal skin; the nipple, navel, and other local apparatus were not shifted after operation. It can reduce donor site of skin and postoperative scar, and achieve satisfactory appearance to cover the wound by skin graft combined with thorax wire fastening after chest back giant nevus was cut off.

  2. Reverse lateral supramalleolar adipofascial flap and skin grafting for one-stage soft tissue reconstruction of foot and ankle joint.

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    Lee, Jae-Hoon; Chung, Duke-Whan

    2010-09-01

    The aim of this report is to present the clinical result and efficacy of reverse lateral supramalleolar adipofascial flap and skin grafting for one stage soft tissue reconstruction of the foot and ankle joints. Reconstruction using a reverse lateral supramalleolar adipofascial flap and skin grafting was performed in eight cases between January 2005 and March 2009. All the subjects were male with a mean age of 53 years. The mean follow-up period was 20 months. The reasons for soft tissue defects were diabetic foot, infected bursitis, open injuries of the foot, and chronic osteomyelitis. The mean size of the flaps was 3.5 (3-4) × 4.5 (4-6) cm. The flaps were elevated in the form of an adipofascial flap and split-thickness skin grafting was performed over the flaps and adjoining raw areas. Flaps survived in all cases. The implantation of the split-thickness skin graft over the flap was also successful in all cases. Neither partial necrosis in the adipofascial flap nor venous congestion was observed. At the last follow-up, there were no limited motions in the ankle and the toe. No cases complained of inconveniences in ambulation or had difficulties in selecting footwear. In cases that require a flap for the exposed bone or tendon of the foot with a small-sized defect, reverse lateral supramalleolar adipofascial flap and skin grafting is considered a useful method as it lowers the morbidity rate of the donor site and reconstructs soft tissues.

  3. [Treatment of Buruli ulcer desease by excision and skin graft].

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    Ouattara, D; Meningaud, J P; Kaba, L; Sica, A; Asse, H

    2004-02-01

    Buruli ulcer is the most common mycobacteria disease after leprosy and tuberculosis. The purpose of our study is to make our contribution to the surgical treatment of Buruli ulcer and to asses our results. One hundred eighteen patients presenting progressive Buruli ulcers were operated on. The surgical procedure included excisions for necrotic lesions and grafts for clean wounds. The results were estimated on the time of hospitalization and appearance of complications. Seventy-three patients (62%) were subjected to excision followed by thin skin grafts and 35 patients (30%) were subjected to grafts only. The number of excision times varies from 1 to 7 per patient and from 1 to 4 for the skin grafts. All our patients heal within a period of 120 days with extremes going from 14 to 265 days. We deplored 26 complications (22%): eight new focus, seven infectious complications, six recurrences, five stiffnesses and ankyloses. The treatment of Buruli ulcer by excision and grafts is efficient but does not prevent recurrences and new focus from happening and for their prevention, it is necessary to discover pharmaceutical molecules that are efficient on Mycobacterium ulcerans.

  4. Evaluation of hand function after early excision and skin grafting of burns versus delayed skin grafting: a randomized clinical trial.

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    Omar, Mohammed T Ahmed; Hassan, Ahmed A

    2011-06-01

    Thermal injury of the hand is characterized by disfigurement and deformity with marked problems because the patient is no longer able to perform the daily living activities and function at school or work. Early excision and grafting (E&G) were introduced to decrease hospital stay, hospital cost, and septic complications and to eliminate burn toxins. In this study, E&G was compared with delayed skin grafting in deep hand burns. 40 patients with deep second- and third- degree hand burns with average burn size less than 30% total body surface area (TBSA) were randomly divided into E&G group and delayed grafting group. All hands in both groups were subjected to pre and post operative program of physiotherapy. Measurement of total active motion (TAM) of each digit and grip strength was recorded pre and post operative. Hand function using Jebsen-Taylor hand function test (JTHFT) was recorded three months after operation in both groups. There were statistically significant differences in both groups regarding to TAM, hand grip strength and Jebsen-Taylor hand function test favoring the E&G group. The study concluded that early excision and skin grafting with physiotherapy gave better results than delayed grafting in terms of preservation of hand function and shortened hospital stay. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  5. Algorithm for Primary Full-thickness Skin Grafting in Pediatric Hand Burns.

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    Park, Yang Seo; Lee, Jong Wook; Huh, Gi Yeun; Koh, Jang Hyu; Seo, Dong Kook; Choi, Jai Koo; Jang, Young Chul

    2012-09-01

    Pediatric hand burns are a difficult problem because they lead to serious hand deformities with functional impairment due to rapid growth during childhood. Therefore, adequate management is required beginning in the acute stage. Our study aims to establish surgical guidelines for a primary full-thickness skin graft (FTSG) in pediatric hand burns, based on long-term observation periods and existing studies. From January 2000 to May 2011, 210 patients underwent primary FTSG. We retrospectively studied the clinical course and treatment outcomes based on the patients' medical records. The patients' demographics, age, sex, injury site of the fingers, presence of web space involvement, the incidence of postoperative late deformities, and the duration of revision were critically analyzed. The mean age of the patients was 24.4 months (range, 8 to 94 months), consisting of 141 males and 69 females. The overall observation period was 6.9 years (range, 1 to 11 years) on average. At the time of the burn, 56 cases were to a single finger, 73 to two fingers, 45 to three fingers, and 22 to more than three. Among these cases, 70 were burns that included a web space (33.3%). During the observation, 25 cases underwent corrective operations with an average period of 40.6 months. In the volar area, primary full-thickness skin grafting can be a good indication for an isolated injured finger, excluding the web spaces, and injuries of less than three fingers including the web spaces. Also, in the dorsal area, full-thickness skin grafting can be a good indication. However, if the donor site is insufficient and the wound is large, split-thickness skin grafting can be considered.

  6. Randomized, Paired-Site Comparison of Autologous Engineered Skin Substitutes and Split-Thickness Skin Graft for Closure of Extensive, Full-Thickness Burns.

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    Boyce, Steven T; Simpson, Peggy S; Rieman, Mary T; Warner, Petra M; Yakuboff, Kevin P; Bailey, J Kevin; Nelson, Judith K; Fowler, Laura A; Kagan, Richard J

    Stable closure of full-thickness burn wounds remains a limitation to recovery from burns of greater than 50% of the total body surface area (TBSA). Hypothetically, engineered skin substitutes (ESS) consisting of autologous keratinocytes and fibroblasts attached to collagen-based scaffolds may reduce requirements for donor skin, and decrease mortality. ESS were prepared from split-thickness skin biopsies collected after enrollment of 16 pediatric burn patients into an approved study protocol. ESS and split-thickness autograft (AG) were applied to 15 subjects with full-thickness burns involving a mean of 76.9% TBSA. Data consisted of photographs, tracings of donor skin and healed wounds, comparison of mortality with the National Burn Repository, correlation of TBSA closed wounds with TBSA full-thickness burn, frequencies of regrafting, and immunoreactivity to the biopolymer scaffold. One subject expired before ESS application, and 15 subjects received 2056 ESS grafts. The ratio of closed wound to donor areas was 108.7 ± 9.7 for ESS compared with a maximum of 4.0 ± 0.0 for AG. Mortality for enrolled subjects was 6.25%, and 30.3% for a comparable population from the National Burn Repository (P < .05). Engraftment was 83.5 ± 2.0% for ESS and 96.5 ± 0.9% for AG. Percentage TBSA closed was 29.9 ± 3.3% for ESS, and 47.0 ± 2.0% for AG. These values were significantly different between the graft types. Correlation of % TBSA closed with ESS with % TBSA full-thickness burn generated an R value of 0.65 (P < .001). These results indicate that autologous ESS reduce mortality and requirements for donor skin harvesting, for grafting of full-thickness burns of greater than 50% TBSA.

  7. Maternal compared with paternal donor kidneys are associated with poorer graft outcomes after kidney transplantation.

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    Lim, Wai H; McDonald, Stephen P; Coates, Patrick T; Chapman, Jeremy R; Russ, Graeme R; Wong, Germaine

    2016-03-01

    Noninherited maternal human leukocyte antigens may be less detrimental on allograft outcomes after kidney transplantation compared with noninherited paternal antigens, but this association in the era of modern immunosuppression remains unknown. Here we determine the association between parental donor kidneys, acute rejection, and graft failure in primary live-donor parental kidney transplant recipients using data from the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry between 1997 and 2012. Of the 1139 recipients followed for a median of 7.2 years (8588 person-years), 652 received kidneys from maternal donors. Compared with paternal donor kidneys, maternal donor kidneys were associated with a significantly increased risk of acute rejection (adjusted odds ratio 1.54; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.14-2.07) and significant overall graft loss. The latter was confined to recipients who have experienced acute rejection (adjusted hazard ratio 1.60; 95%CI, 1.05-2.43) but not in those who did not experience acute rejection. Thus, our study suggests that recipients of maternal donor kidneys have a greater risk of rejection and graft loss. Hence, clinicians and patients should be cognizant of this association when determining which of the 2 parental donors is most suitable for transplantation.

  8. Donor Specific Anti-HLA Antibody and Risk of Graft Failure in Haploidentical Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Kongtim, Piyanuch; Cao, Kai; Ciurea, Stefan O.

    2016-01-01

    Outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) using HLA-half matched related donors (haploidentical) have recently improved due to better control of alloreactive reactions in both graft-versus-host and host-versus-graft directions. The recognition of the role of humoral rejection in the development of primary graft failure in this setting has broadened our understanding about causes of engraftment failure in these patients, helped us better select donors for patients in need of AHSCT, and developed rational therapeutic measures for HLA sensitized patients to prevent this unfortunate event, which is usually associated with a very high mortality rate. With these recent advances the rate of graft failure in haploidentical transplantation has decreased to less than 5%. PMID:26904122

  9. Skin explant model of human graft-versus-host disease: prediction of clinical outcome and correlation with biological risk factors.

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    Wang, Xiao-Nong; Collin, Matthew; Sviland, Lisbet; Marshall, Scott; Jackson, Graham; Schulz, Ute; Holler, Ernst; Karrer, Sigrid; Greinix, Hildegard; Elahi, Fariborz; Hromadnikova, Ilona; Dickinson, A M

    2006-02-01

    A human skin explant model has been used to predict the clinical outcome and to study the immunopathology of human graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Whether the model gives the same predictive effect for GVHD in different hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) settings has not been assessed. It is also unknown whether the skin explant result reflects the known biological risk factors for clinical GVHD. In this study, the skin explant model was used to detect graft-versus-host reactions (GVHR) in vitro for 225 eligible patient/donor pairs. The predicted skin GVHR grade was correlated with the outcome of clinical GVHD, as well as HLA matching status, sex mismatches, and patient age. In sibling HSCT under either myeloablative or reduced-intensity conditioning, a significant correlation was observed between the predicted skin GVHR and clinical GVHD (P < .001 and P = .033, respectively). In HSCT using unrelated donors, the involvement of T-cell depletion led to a sharp increase in false-positive GVHR results, and no correlation was observed between the predicted skin GVHR and clinical GVHD. The skin GVHR grade correlated significantly with the HLA matching status (HLA-matched sibling pairs, HLA-matched unrelated pairs, and HLA-unmatched unrelated pairs). Furthermore, HLA-matched sibling pairs with a female-to-male sex mismatch had a significantly higher overall skin GVHR grade and a higher ratio of high- versus low-grade skin GVHR than the sibling pairs with all other sex combinations. Patient age was not reflected in the skin explant result. In conclusion, the predictive value of the skin explant model for aGVHD varies depending on the clinical transplant protocols, such as the type of GVHD prophylaxis used. Nevertheless, the skin explant model remains a unique in vitro system that provides an in situ histopathologic readout for studying alloreactivity and human GVHD. The model has also the potential to aid the development of novel prophylaxis and treatment for

  10. The impact of donor-specific antibodies on graft outcome in pediatric renal transplantation from deceased donors.

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    Piątosa, Barbara; Kwiatkowska, Aneta; Rubik, Jacek; Jarmużek, Wioletta; Kluge, Przemysław; Grenda, Ryszard

    2011-01-01

    Despite prospective crossmatching and modern immunosuppression, early acute rejection is still present in cadaveric renal transplantation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of preformed anti-donor antibodies, detected by 2 solid-phase techniques, and to analyze their impact on early renal allograft outcome. Flow crossmatch detecting the presence of anti-donor IgG and IgM antibodies was performed in pre-transplant sera of 279 patients with negative cytotoxic crossmatch. Screening for IgG antibodies detected by bead-based multiplex technique was performed in sera of 69 patients from the FCXM group. The incidence of early biopsy-proven rejection and graft failure within 3 months after transplantation was analyzed. Anti-donor IgG antibodies were detected in 33 patients (11.8%) by flow crossmatch and in 10 patients by multiplex (14.5%). IgM antibodies were detected in 23 patients (8.2%). All multiplex-positive sera were also positive for IgG by flow crossmatch, but in 18 cases no antibodies were found by multiplex technique. Biopsy-proven acute rejection within 3 months after transplantation was observed in 16 patients, and 5 allografts were lost due to immunological reasons. Presence of IgG antibodies was found to have no effect on early outcome, while the presence of IgM antibodies was associated with significantly higher rejection rate and immune-related graft failure. Anti-donor IgG antibodies detected by bead-based and cell-based technique have no impact on biopsy-proven rejection rate or graft failure. Anti-donor IgM detected by flow crossmatch have significant impact on early transplantation outcome.

  11. Patient and graft survival implications of simultaneous pancreas kidney transplantation from old donors.

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    Salvalaggio, P R; Schnitzler, M A; Abbott, K C; Brennan, D C; Irish, W; Takemoto, S K; Axelrod, D; Santos, L S; Kocak, B; Willoughby, L; Lentine, K L

    2007-06-01

    We investigated graft and patient survival implications of simultaneous pancreas kidney (SPK) transplant from old donors. Data describing patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus listed for an SPK transplant from 1994 to 2005 were drawn from Organ Procurement and Transplant Network registries. Allograft survival, patient survival and long-term survival expectations among SPK recipients from young (age <45 years) and old (age >/=45 years) donors were modeled by multivariate regression. We also examined predictors of reduced early access to young donor transplants. Of 16 496 eligible SPK candidates, 8850 patients (53.6%) received an SPK transplant and 776 (8.8%) of these transplants were from old donors. Reasonable 5-year, death-censored kidney (77.8 %) and pancreas (71.3%) survivals were achieved with old donors. SPK transplantation from both young and old donors predicted lower mortality compared to continued waiting. An additional expected wait of 1.5 years for a young donor equalized long-term survival expectations to that achieved with use of old donors. Early allocation of young donor transplants declined in the more recent era and varied by region, candidate age, blood type and sensitization. We conclude that old SPK donors should be considered for patients with decreased access to young donor transplants. Prospective evaluation of this practice is needed.

  12. Penile Reconstruction with Skin Grafts and Dermal Matrices: Indications and Management.

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    Triana Junco, Paloma; Dore, Mariela; Nuñez Cerezo, Vanesa; Jimenez Gomez, Javier; Miguel Ferrero, Miriam; Díaz González, Mercedes; Lopez-Pereira, Pedro; Lopez-Gutierrez, Juan Carlos

    2017-01-01

    Introduction  The penis eventually needs specific cutaneous coverage in the context of reconstructive procedures following trauma or congenital anomalies. Local flaps are the first choice but are not always available after multiple previous procedures. In these cases, skin graft and dermal matrices should be considered. Materials and Methods  This study was a retrospective review of the past 4 years of four patients with severe loss of penile shaft skin who underwent skin reconstruction. Dermal matrices and skin grafts were utilized. Dermal matrices were placed for a median of 4.5 weeks (3.0-6.0 weeks). The skin graft was harvested from the inner thigh region for split-thickness skin graft (STSG) and the inguinal region for full-thickness skin graft (FTSG). Results  The four patients presented with complete loss of skin in the penile shaft. One patient had a vesical exstrophy, one had a buried penis with only one corpus cavernosum, one had a wide congenital lymphedema of the genitalia, and one had a lack of skin following circumcision at home. They underwent reconstruction with three patients undergoing split-thickness skin graft; two dermal matrices; and one full-thickness graft, respectively, thereby achieving a good cosmetic and functional result. There were no complications, and all the patients successfully accepted the graft. Conclusion  Dermal matrices and skin grafts may serve as effective tools in the management of severe penile skin defects unable to be covered with local flaps.

  13. Effect of donor/recipient body weight mismatch on patient and graft outcome in living-donor kidney transplantation.

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    el-Agroudy, Amgad E; Hassan, Nabil A; Bakr, Mohamed A; Foda, Mohamed A; Shokeir, Ahmed A; Shehab el-Dein, Ahmed B

    2003-01-01

    There have been conflicting reports showing that kidneys from small donors may be at risk for graft loss if they are transplanted into large recipients. The aim of this work was to examine the donor/recipient body weight ratio (D/RBWR) on patient and graft outcome. During the period from January 1990 to January 2002, 856 kidney transplants were performed. Of these, 776 kidney transplant recipients were selected after exclusion of pediatric, second transplant patients and those with a body mass index of 35. All patients achieved a minimum follow-up of 1-year. According to D/RBWR, patients were divided into 3 groups: low (0.9), medium (0.91-1.2) and high (1.2). Data were collected on graft function, acute and chronic rejection, post-transplant complications, and 1- and 5-year graft and patient survival. There was a statistically significant increase in the incidence of chronic rejection, post-transplant hypertension and diabetes mellitus in the low group. The incidence and frequency of acute rejection episodes were nearly the same in the 3 groups. Graft function, estimated by serum creatinine at 1 year, was significantly lower in the low group. The 5-year graft and patient survival was 71, 80, 88 and 81, 85 and 92%, in the low, medium and high groups, respectively. We conclude that a low D/RBWR may contribute to inferior long-term renal allograft survival. The hyperfiltration hypothesis due to low nephron mass in the low D/RBWR group may explain these findings.

  14. Safety and usefulness of warm dissection technique during liver graft retrieval from deceased donors.

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    Jung, D-H; Hwang, S; Ahn, C-S; Kim, K-H; Moon, D-B; Ha, T-Y; Song, G-W; Park, G C; Lee, S-G

    2015-04-01

    For deceased-donor liver graft retrieval, the warm dissection technique of hilar dissection before perfusion had been the standard procedure in the early period of liver transplantation. Thereafter, the cold dissection technique of in situ flushing and hilar dissection after perfusion has been preferred in many transplantation centers for rapid procurement of multiple organs. This study intended to assess the safety and usefulness of the warm dissection technique used in deceased-donor liver transplantation. This study analyzed a single surgeon's experience of the warm dissection technique for 165 cases of liver graft retrieval, regarding the prolongation of retrieval operation time, retrieval-associated graft injury, and recipient outcomes. An additional 20 to 40 minutes was required for warm dissection. The incidence of retrieval-associated graft injury was 13 (7.9%), in which hepatic parenchymal injury was detected in 7 (capsular tear in 6 and subcapsular hematoma in 1) and vascular injury in 6 (celiac axis injury in 5 and common hepatic artery injury in 1). There was no other episode of injury at the branch artery, vena cava, portal vein, and bile duct. There was no significant difference of 1-year graft survival rates between liver grafts with and without graft injury (83% vs 83.3%, P = .73). When the vital signs of deceased donor are stable, the warm dissection technique may be helpful to decrease the cold ischemic preservation time because the risk of graft injury is acceptably low and it provides more time for recipient preparation, thus giving potential advantages for marginal liver grafts. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Usefulness of artificial jump graft to portal vein thrombosis in deceased donor liver transplantation.

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    Hwang, Hong Pil; Yang, Jae Do; Bae, Sang In; Hwang, Si Eun; Cho, Baik Hwan; Yu, Hee Chul

    2015-03-01

    Severe portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is often considered a relative contraindication for living donor liver transplantation due to high associated risks and morbidity. Meanwhile, improvement in operative techniques, resulting in higher success rates has removed PVT from the list of contraindications in deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT). In this report, we describe a surgical technique for DDLT using polytetrafluoroethylene graft from the inferior mesenteric vein for portal inflow in patient with portomesenteric thrombosis.

  16. Outcomes of liver transplantation with liver grafts from pediatric donors used in adult recipients.

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    Croome, Kristopher P; Lee, David D; Burns, Justin M; Saucedo-Crespo, Hector; Perry, Dana K; Nguyen, Justin H; Taner, C Burcin

    2016-08-01

    Although there is an agreement that liver grafts from pediatric donors (PDs) should ideally be used for pediatric patients, there remain situations when these grafts are turned down for pediatric recipients and are then offered to adult recipients. The present study aimed to investigate the outcomes of using these grafts for liver transplantation (LT) in adult patients. Data from all patients undergoing LT between 2002 and 2014 were obtained from the United Network for Organ Sharing Standard Analysis and Research file. Adult recipients undergoing LT were divided into 2 groups: those receiving a pediatric liver graft (pediatric-to-adult group) and those receiving a liver graft from adult donors (adult-to-adult group). A separate subgroup analysis comparing the PDs used for adult recipients and those used for pediatric recipients was also performed. Patient and graft survival were not significantly different between pediatric-to-adult and adult-to-adult groups (P = 0.08 and P = 0.21, respectively). Hepatic artery thrombosis as the cause for graft loss was higher in the pediatric-to-adult group (3.6%) than the adult-to-adult group (1.9%; P < 0.001). A subanalysis looking at the pediatric-to-adult group found that patients with a predicted graft-to-recipient weight ratio (GRWR) < 0.8 had a higher 90-day graft loss rate than those with a GRWR ≥ 0.8 (39% versus 9%; P < 0.001). PDs used for adult recipients had a higher proportion of donors with elevated aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase (20% vs. 12%; P < 0.001), elevated creatinine (11% vs. 4%; P < 0.001), donation after cardiac death donors (12% vs. 0.9%; P < 0.001), and were hepatitis B virus core positive (1% vs. 0.3%; P = 0.002) than PDs used for pediatric recipients. In conclusion, acceptable patient and graft survival can be achieved with the use of pediatric liver grafts in adult recipients, when these grafts have been determined to be inappropriate for

  17. Escalating doses of donor lymphocytes for incipient graft rejection following SCT for thalassemia.

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    Frugnoli, I; Cappelli, B; Chiesa, R; Biral, E; Noè, A; Evangelio, C; Fossati, M; Napolitano, S; Ciceri, F; Roncarolo, M G; Marktel, S

    2010-06-01

    Mixed chimerism (MC) and secondary graft failure are frequent events following SCT for thalassemia. There is limited information regarding the outcome of donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) to prevent rejection, mainly from case reports describing only successful cases. We describe a series of seven children affected by beta-thalassemia treated with escalating doses of DLI for level 2-3 MC (donor<90%) following myeloablative SCT from a matched family donor. The infusions were safe and no acute or chronic GVHD were documented; five patients experienced neutropenia and thrombocytopenia resolving spontaneously. DLI was successful in converting to full donor chimerism two patients stratified in the low-risk class (Pesaro class II). Conversely, for five high-risk patients, DLI was not effective in preventing secondary graft failure. This limited series suggests that escalating doses of DLI are safe in thalassemia patients post myeloablative therapy but efficacy may be jeopardized by rapidly growing anti-donor alloimmunity in high-risk patients. We suggest giving escalating doses of donor T cells to attempt a graft-versus-thalassemia as soon as level 2-3 MC is detected.

  18. Anti-Donor HLA Antibody Response After Pancreatic Islet Grafting: Characteristics, Risk Factors, and Impact on Graft Function.

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    Pouliquen, E; Baltzinger, P; Lemle, A; Chen, C-C; Parissiadis, A; Borot, S; Frimat, L; Girerd, S; Berney, T; Lablanche, S; Benhamou, P Y; Morelon, E; Badet, L; Dubois, V; Kessler, L; Thaunat, O

    2017-02-01

    Pancreatic islet grafting restores endogenous insulin production in type 1 diabetic patients, but long-term outcomes remain disappointing as a result of immunological destruction of allogeneic islets. In solid organ transplantation, donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (DSA) are the first cause of organ failure. This retrospective multicentric study aimed at providing in-depth characterization of DSA response after pancreatic islet grafting, identifying the risk factor for DSA generation and determining the impact of DSA on graft function. Forty-two pancreatic islet graft recipients from the Groupe Rhin-Rhône-Alpes-Genève pour la Greffe d'Ilots de Langerhans consortium were enrolled. Pre- and postgrafting sera were screened for the presence of DSA and their ability to activate complement. Prevalence of DSA was 25% at 3 years postgrafting. The risk of sensitization increased steeply after immunosuppressive drug withdrawal. DSA repertoire diversity correlated with the number of HLA and eplet mismatches. DSA titer was significantly lower from that observed in solid organ transplantation. No detected DSA bound the complement fraction C3d. Finally, in contrast with solid organ transplantation, DSA did not seem to negatively affect pancreatic islet graft survival. This might be due to the low DSA titers, specific features of IgG limiting their ability to activate the complement and/or the lack of allogenic endothelial targets in pancreatic islet grafts.

  19. Minimum graft size calculated from preoperative recipient status in living donor liver transplantation.

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    Marubashi, Shigeru; Nagano, Hiroaki; Eguchi, Hidetoshi; Wada, Hiroshi; Asaoka, Tadafumi; Tomimaru, Yoshito; Tomokuni, Akira; Umeshita, Koji; Doki, Yuichiro; Mori, Masaki

    2016-05-01

    Small-for-size graft syndrome is an inevitable complication in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We hypothesized that graft weight (GW) measured after graft procurement is one of the variables predicting postoperative graft function. A total of 138 consecutive recipients of adult-to-adult LDLT between March 1999 and October 2014 were included in this study. We investigated the factors associated with small-for-size-associated graft loss (SAGL) to determine the GW required for each patient. Both preoperatively assessed and postoperatively obtained risk factors for SAGL were analyzed in univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis. Twelve (8.8%) of the transplant recipients had SAGL. In multivariate logistic regression analyses using preoperatively assessed variables, the preoperative Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score (P < 0.001) and actual GW/recipient standard liver volume (SLV) ratio (P = 0.008) were independent predictors of SAGL. The recommended graft volume by preoperative computed tomography volumetry was calculated as SLV × (1.616 × MELD + 0.344)/100/0.85 (mL) [MELD ≥ 18.2], or SLV × 0.35 (mL) [MELD < 18.2]. The required allograft volume in LDLT can be determined by the preoperative MELD score of the recipient, and patients with higher MELD scores require larger grafts or deceased donor whole liver transplant to avoid SAGL. Liver Transplantation 22 599-606 2016 AASLD.

  20. Palmar crease release and secondary full-thickness skin grafts for contractures in primary full-thickness skin grafts during growth spurts in pediatric palmar hand burns.

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    Oh, Suk-Joon; Kim, Seon Gyu; Cho, Jin Kyung; Sung, Chang Min

    2014-01-01

    Pediatric palmar hand burns are a difficult problem because of the serious hand deformity, with functional impairment resulting from rapid growth. In cases of severe pediatric palmar hand burns, a secondary full-thickness skin graft after a primary full-thickness skin graft offers a reliable way of obtaining the required functional and aesthetic outcomes.This study retrospectively evaluated 28 children who required palmar crease releases and secondary full-thickness skin grafts during the past 12 years. The case records were reviewed for sex and age distributions, injury mechanism, and time interval between the primary and secondary full-thickness skin grafts. Surgical procedures included secondary full-thickness skin grafts and incisional releases of grafted skin on the involved creases. There were 19 men and 9 women. The mean age at the time of the burn injury was 10.1 months (range, 5-19 months). The mean age at the time of the secondary full-thickness skin graft was 8.3 years (range, 3-17 years). The most common mechanism of burn injury was steam (n = 24). The median time interval from the primary to the secondary full-thickness skin graft was 67 months (range, 8-156 months). The number of released creases was 81. The number of palmar web contractures in 23 patients was 52. A secondary full-thickness skin graft was more frequently necessary in patients with a primary full-thickness skin graft in the proximal digital crease and palmar web areas. All patients achieved adequate digital length and palmar web contour after surgery. Our patients should be observed until the rapid pubertal growth period.

  1. The use of full-thickness skin grafts for the skin-abutment interface around bone-anchored hearing aids.

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    Snyder, Mary C; Moore, Gary F; Johnson, Perry J

    2003-03-01

    To review the complication rate encountered with the use of full-thickness skin grafts to establish the skin-abutment interface around bone-anchored hearing aid implants. Retrospective chart review. Tertiary referral center. Fifteen patients who underwent bone-anchored hearing aid placement over a 4-year period. Each percutaneous titanium implant and abutment was placed into the temporal bone following the standard Branemark technique. Eight procedures were performed in two stages, and seven were performed as single-stage procedures. In all cases, the skin-abutment interface was established by use of a full-thickness skin graft inset around the implant. The incidence of complications resulting in skin graft loss, time from implantation to bone-anchored hearing aid use, additional procedures for revision of the interface, and complicating medical factors in the patient population. Seven patients (46.7%) experienced loss of the full-thickness skin graft around the abutment. Four of these seven had complicating medical factors associated with impaired wound healing: two with diabetes mellitus, one of whom was also a smoker, and two patients who were receiving inhaled steroids for treatment of asthma. Of the seven patients who lost skin grafts, two healed by secondary intention, two underwent repeated full-thickness skin grafting, and three underwent galeal rotation flaps with split-thickness skin grafting, one of which eventually required a scalp flap. No patient experienced loss of the implant. The use of full-thickness skin grafts for establishment of the skin-abutment interface around bone-anchored hearing aid implants is associated with a high rate of graft loss. Although salvage techniques can successfully establish the interface after skin graft failure, alternative methods should be considered, especially in high-risk patients.

  2. The "stegosaurus" dressing: a simple and effective method of securing skin grafts in the burn patient.

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    Fullerton, J K; Smith, C E; Milner, S M

    2000-10-01

    Skin grafts are vulnerable to shear stress, infection, and hematoma formation during the postoperative period, all of which reduce graft survival. Various methods of dressing application and materials have been described in the literature to try and prevent graft loss. The authors report the use of the "stegosaurus dressing" (Eggcrate Pad) in 6 patients to secure skin grafts. Patients chosen were those who were either noncompliant or who sustained burns in unfavorable anatomic sites. All grafts demonstrated complete take without infection and hematoma formation. This foam dressing provides an even pressure to the recipient bed, absorbs drainage, and protects the graft from shearing. It also demonstrates the versatility to be used in difficult nonburn skin graft areas. The stegosaurus dressing is easy to apply, inexpensive, and provides a very secure dressing over the skin graft.

  3. "The Dendritic Bonding Technique": A Newly-devised Technique for the Fixation of Mesh Skin Graft.

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    Sakamoto, Yoshiaki; Kishi, Kazuo

    2012-07-01

    We describe a newly designed technique for the quick, easy, and cost-effective fixation of mesh skin grafts in a range of skin conditions and patients. We fixed the skin graft using octyl-2-cyanoacrylate (Dermabond; Ethicon), which was termed "Dendritic bonding." This technique exhibits several advantages over surgical stapling and suturing with absorbable sutures.

  4. Early excision and skin grafting versus delayed skin grafting in deep hand burns (a randomised clinical controlled trial).

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    Mohammadi, Ali Akbar; Bakhshaeekia, Ali Reza; Marzban, Saeed; Abbasi, Siroos; Ashraf, Ali Reza; Mohammadi, Mohammad Kazem; Toulide-Ie, Hamid Reza; Tavakkolian, Ahmad Reza

    2011-02-01

    Early excision and grafting (E&G) of burn wounds has been reported to decrease hospital stay, hospital costs and septic complications, and some purport reduced mortality while decreasing hospital costs. In today's practice, all burn wounds unlikely to achieve spontaneous closure within 3 weeks are excised and grafted. Early studies did not demonstrate dramatic differences in cosmetic or functional results. This is particularly true with burns of the face, hands and feet. In this study, early excision and skin grafting was compared with delayed skin grafting in deep hand burns. From September 2006 to February 2008, 50 patients with hand burns and average burn size less than 30% total body surface area (TBSA) deep second- and third-degree were randomly divided into early E&G group (group I) and delayed grafting group (group II). Gradual and careful limb and digit range of motion was started on about 10th-14th postoperative day. We used a questionnaire based on the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire to evaluate final functional outcome. Further, hypertrophic scar formation, contracture and deformities were followed and managed accordingly. The most common site of involvement was the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint with frequency of 39% and 40% in groups I and II, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences between both groups regarding deformity severity, scar formation, sensation, major activities and overall satisfaction. In treating burns of the hand, the primary goal should always be to restore the functionality of the hand. Although early surgery shortens the healing time and lessens the hospital stay, our results did not show any significant difference between these two methods regarding the function, scar formation, daily activity limitation and overall satisfaction. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  5. Immune transfer studies in canine allogeneic marrow graft donor-recipient pairs

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    Grosse-Wilde, H.; Krumbacher, K.; Schuening, F.D.; Doxiadis, I.; Mahmoud, H.K.; Emde, C.; Schmidt-Weinmar, A.; Schaefer, U.W.

    1986-07-01

    Transfer of immunity occurring with bone marrow grafting was studied using the dog as a preclinical model. Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) was performed between DLA-identical beagle litter-mates. The donors were immunized with tetanus toxoid (TT) or sheep red blood cells (SRBC), and their humoral response was monitored by hemagglutination. The recipients of bone marrow from TT-immunized donors showed a marked increase of antibody titer one week posttransplantation, while in the recipients of marrow from SRBC immunized donors the antibody titers were considerably lower. Within the following 60 days the antibody titers in both groups diminished gradually to pregrafting levels. Control experiments in which cell-free plasma from donors immunized with TT and SRBC respectively was transfused indicated that the initial rise of specific antibody titers after marrow grafting is likely to be due to a passive transfer of humoral immunity. A single challenge of these marrow graft recipients with the respective antigen 15-18 weeks posttransplantation led to a secondary type of humoral immune response. It could be demonstrated that transfer of memory against TT or SRBC was independent from the actual antibody titer and the time of vaccination of the donor. One dog was immunized with TT after serving as marrow donor. When the donor had shown an antibody response, a peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL) transfusion was given to his chimera. Subsequent challenge of the latter resulted in a secondary type of specific antibody response. This indicates that specific cellular-bound immunological memory can be transferred after BMT from the donor to his allogeneic bone marrow chimera by transfusion of peripheral blood leukocytes. The data may be of importance in clinical BMT to protect patients during the phase of reduced immune reactivity by transfer of memory cells.

  6. Skin donors and human skin allografts: evaluation of an 11-year practice and discard in a referral tissue bank.

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    Gaucher, Sonia; Khaznadar, Zena; Gourevitch, Jean-Claude; Jarraya, Mohamed

    2016-03-01

    The Saint Louis hospital tissue bank provides skin allografts to pediatric and adult burn units in the Paris area. The aim of this study was to analyze our activity during the last 11 years focusing on the reasons for skin discard. Skin is procured solely from the back of the body, which is divided into 10 zones that are harvested and processed separately. This retrospective study included all skin donors harvested between June 2002 and June 2013, representing a total of 336 donors and 2770 zones. The donors were multiorgan heart-beating donors in 91 % of cases (n = 307). The main reason for discarding harvested skin was microbial contamination, detected in 99 donors (29 %). Most contaminants were of low pathogenicity. Other reasons for discard included positive serologic tests for 2 donors [17 zones (0.61 %)], unsuitable physical skin characteristics for 3 zones (0.11 %), the donor's medical history for 53 zones (1.91 %), and technical issues with processing or distribution for 61 zones (2.2 %). In our experience, microbial contamination continues to be the main reason for discarding potential skin allografts. However, discards are limited by separate harvesting and processing of multiple zones in each donor.

  7. Optimizing repeat liver transplant graft utility through strategic matching of donor and recipient characteristics.

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    Hung, Kenneth; Gralla, Jane; Dodge, Jennifer L; Bambha, Kiran M; Dirchwolf, Melisa; Rosen, Hugo R; Biggins, Scott W

    2015-11-01

    Repeat liver transplantation (LT) is controversial because of inferior outcomes versus primary LT. A minimum 1-year expected post-re-LT survival of 50% has been proposed. We aimed to identify combinations of Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD), donor risk index (DRI), and recipient characteristics achieving this graft survival threshold. We identified re-LT recipients listed in the United States from March 2002 to January 2010 with > 90 days between primary LT and listing for re-LT. Using Cox regression, we estimated the expected probability of 1-year graft survival and identified combinations of MELD, DRI, and recipient characteristics attaining >50% expected 1-year graft survival. Re-LT recipients (n = 1418) had a median MELD of 26 and median age of 52 years. Expected 1-year graft survival exceeded 50% regardless of MELD or DRI in Caucasian recipients who were not infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) of all ages and Caucasian HCV-infected recipients <50 years old. As age increased in HCV-infected Caucasian and non-HCV-infected African American recipients, lower MELD scores or lower DRI grafts were needed to attain the graft survival threshold. As MELD scores increased in HCV-infected African American recipients, lower-DRI livers were required to achieve the graft survival threshold. Use of high-DRI livers (>1.44) in HCV-infected recipients with a MELD score > 26 at re-LT failed to achieve the graft survival threshold with recipient age ≥ 60 years (any race), as well as at age ≥ 50 years for Caucasians and at age < 50 years for African Americans. Strategic donor selection can achieve >50% expected 1-year graft survival even in high-risk re-LT recipients (HCV infected, older age, African American race, high MELD scores). Low-risk transplant recipients (age < 50 years, non-HCV-infected) can achieve the survival threshold with varying DRI and MELD scores.

  8. Treatment of the leg ulcers by skin grafting.

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    Jankūnas, Vytautas; Rimdeika, Rytis; Pilipaityte, Loreta

    2004-01-01

    The ulcers, located below the knees and remaining for 6 weeks and more, are called trophic leg ulcers. The leg ulcers of different etiology disable 0.8-1% of total Earth population. It was found that blood vessel problems in legs account for more than 80% of ulcers; even 65% from these are caused by venous diseases. In Lithuania about 8000 patients suffer from venous trophic ulcers. Regardless of modern methods the treatment of leg ulcers remains an extremely expensive process. The treatment cost of trophic ulcers is the highest of all surgical wounds and also requires a lot of personal investments. In order to assess the efficiency of autodermoplastics in the treatment of large venous ulcers in legs a prospective study was carried out of 111 patients who were treated in the Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns of Kaunas University of Medicine Hospital from January 2001 to January 2004. The data was analyzed exceptionally of the operated 54 patients with venous origin ulcers open for more 6 months or exceeding 50 cm2. The above-mentioned patients were prepared for surgery by dressing the wounds with hydrocolloid Granuflex bandages and were operated by transplanting a 0.2-0.3 mm thick skin graft. The results were estimated by the surgeon during the dressings after the operation. The graft was taken in 35 (64.81%) cases; in 19 (35.19%) cases the graft was partially not taken and there were no cases when it was not taken at all. We came to the conclusions that skin graft transplantation is efficient in treatment of trophic venous leg ulcers larger than 50 cm2 and cures the trophic leg ulcers of vein origin completely in 2-3 weeks for 64.81% patients.

  9. Grafting of a Single Donor Myofibre Promotes Hypertrophy in Dystrophic Mouse Muscle

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    Boldrin, Luisa; Morgan, Jennifer E.

    2013-01-01

    Skeletal muscle has a remarkable capability of regeneration following injury. Satellite cells, the principal muscle stem cells, are responsible for this process. However, this regenerative capacity is reduced in muscular dystrophies or in old age: in both these situations, there is a net loss of muscle fibres. Promoting skeletal muscle muscle hypertrophy could therefore have potential applications for treating muscular dystrophies or sarcopenia. Here, we observed that muscles of dystrophic mdx nude host mice that had been acutely injured by myotoxin and grafted with a single myofibre derived from a normal donor mouse exhibited increased muscle area. Transplantation experiments revealed that the hypertrophic effect is mediated by the grafted fibre and does not require either an imposed injury to the host muscle, or the contribution of donor cells to the host muscle. These results suggest the presence of a crucial cross-talk between the donor fibre and the host muscle environment. PMID:23349935

  10. Bioengineered Corneas Grafted as Alternatives to Human Donor Corneas in Three High-Risk Patients

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    Buznyk, Oleksiy; Pasyechnikova, Nataliya; Islam, M Mirazul; Iakymenko, Stanislav; Fagerholm, Per; Griffith, May

    2015-01-01

    Corneas with severe pathologies have a high risk of rejection when conventionally grafted with human donor tissues. In this early observational study, we grafted bioengineered corneal implants made from recombinant human collagen and synthetic phosphorylcholine polymer into three patients for whom donor cornea transplantation carried a high risk of transplant failure. These patients suffered from corneal ulcers and recurrent erosions preoperatively. The implants provided relief from pain and discomfort, restored corneal integrity by promoting endogenous regeneration of corneal tissues, and improved vision in two of three patients. Such implants could in the future be alternatives to donor corneas for high-risk patients, and therefore, merits further testing in a clinical trial. PMID:25996570

  11. Distant metastasis of intraosseous dentinogenic ghost cell tumour to the donor site of a bone graft

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    Park, H-R; Min, J-H; Huh, K-H; Yi, W-J; Heo, M-S; Lee, S-S; Cho, Y-A

    2013-01-01

    A dentinogenic ghost cell tumour (DGCT) is an extremely rare odontogenic tumour which is considered as a solid, neoplastic variant of calcifying odontogenic cyst. Intraosseous DGCTs are more aggressive than extraosseous DGCTs and have a high propensity for local recurrence. This report describes a case of a diagnosis of recurrent DGCT at the primary site and a distant donor site. A 25-year-old female patient visited a dental hospital for a complaint of facial swelling for the previous month. Incisional biopsy was performed and the specimen was diagnosed as DGCT. Partial mandibulectomy for tumour resection and iliac bone graft was performed. 2 years later, the tumour recurred on the mandible and iliac bone. The recurrent lesion on the donor site was diagnosed as metastasized DGCT. This report highlights the possibility of distant metastasis occurring at a graft donor site. PMID:23420853

  12. The role of topical thrombin in skin grafting.

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    Ofodile, F. A.; Sadana, M. K.

    1991-01-01

    A prospective study to evaluate the efficacy of thrombin as a hemostatic agent in burn patients was conducted on 24 patients undergoing debridement and skin grafting. All patients also acted as their own control. Results showed a 43.5% reduction in bleeding on the thrombin-treated sites compared with the control sites. There was no adverse effect on the rate of wound healing from the thrombin, and no difference in the nature of the scar seen at the thrombin-treated site compared with the control site. Images Figure 1 PMID:1875421

  13. Free Grafts and Microvascular Anastomoses.

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    Scharf, Valery F

    2017-08-09

    Skin grafts and free skin flaps are useful options for closure of wounds in which primary closure or use of traditional skin flaps is not feasible. Grafts are classified by their morphology and host-donor relationship. Free skin flaps with microvascular anastomoses are developed from previously described axial pattern flaps and have the added advantage of reestablishing robust vascular supply to the flap, but require specialized equipment and a high degree of technical expertise. Despite intensive perioperative care and the risk of graft or flap failure, skin grafts and free skin flaps can serve as rewarding methods of closing difficult wounds. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Deceased donor liver transplantation in infants and small children: are partial grafts riskier than whole organs?

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    Cauley, Ryan P; Vakili, Khashayar; Potanos, Kristina; Fullington, Nora; Graham, Dionne A; Finkelstein, Jonathan A; Kim, Heung Bae

    2013-07-01

    Infants have the highest wait-list mortality of all liver transplant candidates. Although previous studies have demonstrated that young children may be at increased risk when they receive partial grafts from adult and adolescent deceased donors (DDs), with few size-matched organs available, these grafts have increasingly been used to expand the pediatric donor pool. We aimed to determine the current adjusted risks of graft failure and mortality in young pediatric recipients of partial DD livers and to determine whether these risks have changed over time. We analyzed 2683 first-time recipients of DD livers alone under the age of 24 months in the United Network for Organ Sharing database (1995-2010), which included 1118 partial DD livers and 1565 whole DD organs. Transplant factors associated with graft loss in bivariate analyses (P < 0.1) were included in multivariate proportional hazards models of graft and patient survival. Interaction analysis was used to examine risks over time (1995-2000, 2001-2005, and 2006-2010). Although there were significant differences in crude graft survival by the graft type in 1995-2000 (P < 0.001), graft survival rates with partial and whole grafts were comparable in 2001-2005 (P = 0.43) and 2006-2010 (P = 0.36). Furthermore, although the adjusted hazards for partial graft failure and mortality were 1.40 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.05-1.89] and 1.41 (95% CI = 0.95-2.09), respectively, in 1995-2000, the adjusted risks of graft failure and mortality were comparable for partial and whole organs in 2006-2010 [hazard ratio (HR) for graft failure = 0.81, 95% CI = 0.56-1.18; HR for mortality = 1.02, 95% CI = 0.66-1.71]. In conclusion, partial DD liver transplantation has become less risky over time and now has outcomes comparable to those of whole liver transplantation for infants and young children. This study supports the use of partial DD liver grafts in young children in an attempt to

  15. Assessment of Graft Selection Criteria in Living-Donor Liver Transplantation: The Jikei Experience.

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    Shiba, Hiroaki; Wakiyama, Shigeki; Futagawa, Yasuro; Iida, Tomonori; Matsumoto, Michinori; Haruki, Koichiro; Ishida, Yuichi; Misawa, Takeyuki; Yanaga, Katsuhiko

    2015-07-01

    In living-donor liver transplantation, graft selection is especially important for the safety of the live donor and an acceptable outcome for the recipient. The essential medical requirements for living liver donation at Jikei University Hospital are as follows: an adult aged 65 years or younger, in good general condition, with partial liver volume of more than 35% of the standard liver volume (SLV) for the recipient, and without severe liver steatosis. Based on our criteria, we performed 13 living-donor liver transplantations between 2007 and 2013, including 1 retransplantation. Three cases were outside our standard donor criteria, including age (18 and 66 years) and 33% graft volume (GV) to SLV ratio for the recipient on preoperative volumetry using computed tomography. In 2 cases, the actual GV to SLV ratio at transplantation was less than 35%. Median postoperative hospital stay was 11 days for the donors, and 29 days for the recipients. All donors returned to their preoperative status, and all recipients were discharged in good condition. Our medical requirements for living liver donation seem to be acceptable because of the good outcome.

  16. Sustained Impairments in Cutaneous Vasodilation and Sweating in Grafted Skin Following Long-Term Recovery

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    Davis, Scott L.; Shibasaki, Manabu; Low, David A.; Cui, Jian; Keller, David M.; Wingo, Jonathan E.; Purdue, Gary F.; Hunt, John L.; Arnoldo, Brett D.; Kowalske, Karen J.; Crandall, Craig G.

    2009-01-01

    We previously identified impaired cutaneous vasodilation and sweating in grafted skin 5 to 9 months postsurgery. The aim of this investigation was to test the hypothesis that cutaneous vasodilation, but not sweating, is restored as the graft heals. Skin blood flow and sweat rate were assessed from grafted skin and adjacent noninjured skin in three groups of subjects: 5 to 9 months postsurgery (n = 13), 2 to 3 years postsurgery (n = 13), and 4 to 8 years postsurgery (n = 13) during three separate protocols: 1) whole-body heating and cooling, 2) local administration of vasoactive drugs, and 3) local heating and cooling. Cutaneous vasodilation and sweating during whole-body heating were significantly lower (P < .001) in grafted skin when compared with noninjured skin across all groups and demonstrated no improvements with recovery time postsurgery. Maximal endothelial-dependent (acetylcholine) and endothelial-independent (sodium nitroprusside) cutaneous vasodilation remained attenuated (P < .001) in grafted skin up to 4 to 8 years postsurgery, indicating postsynaptic impairments. In grafted skin, cutaneous vasoconstriction during whole-body and local cooling was preserved, whereas vasodilation to local heating was impaired, regardless of the duration postsurgery. Split-thickness skin grafts have impaired cutaneous vasodilation and sweating up to 4 to 8 years postsurgery, thereby limiting the capability of this skin’s contribution to thermoregulation during a heats stress. In contrast, grafted skin has preserved vasoconstrictor capacity. PMID:19506504

  17. Effect of selective T cell depletion of host and/or donor bone marrow on lymphopoietic repopulation, tolerance, and graft-vs-host disease in mixed allogeneic chimeras (B10 + B10. D2----B10)

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    Ildstad, S.T.; Wren, S.M.; Bluestone, J.A.; Barbieri, S.A.; Stephany, D.; Sachs, D.H.

    1986-01-01

    Reconstitution of lethally irradiated mice with a mixture of T cell-depleted syngeneic plus T cell-depleted allogeneic bone marrow (B10 + B10.D2----B10) leads to the induction of mixed lymphopoietic chimerism, excellent survivals, specific in vivo transplantation tolerance to subsequent donor strain skin grafts, and specific in vitro unresponsiveness to allogeneic donor lymphoid elements as assessed by mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) proliferative and cell-mediated lympholysis (CML) cytotoxicity assays. When B10 recipient mice received mixed marrow inocula in which the syngeneic component had not been T cell depleted, whether or not the allogeneic donor marrow was treated, they repopulated exclusively with host-type cells, promptly rejected donor-type skin allografts, and were reactive in vitro to the allogeneic donor by CML and MLR assays. In contrast, T cell depletion of the syngeneic component of the mixed marrow inocula resulted in specific acceptance of allogeneic donor strain skin grafts. Such animals were specifically unreactive to allogeneic donor lymphoid elements in vitro by CML and MLR, but were reactive to third party. When both the syngeneic and allogeneic marrow were T cell depleted, variable percentages of host- and donor-type lymphoid elements were detected in the mixed reconstituted host. When only the syngeneic bone marrow was T cell depleted, animals repopulated exclusively with donor-type cells. Although these animals had detectable in vitro anti-host (B10) reactivity by CML and MLR and reconstituted as fully allogeneic chimeras, they exhibited excellent survival and had no in vivo evidence for graft-vs-host disease. Experiments in which untreated donor spleen cells were added to the inocula in this last group suggest that the presence of T cell-depleted syngeneic bone marrow cells diminishes graft-vs-host disease and the mortality from it.

  18. Complications in the use of the mandibular body, ramus and symphysis as donor sites in bone graft surgery. A systematic review

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    Cobo-Vázquez, Carlos; Monteserín-Matesanz, Marta; López-Quiles, Juan

    2016-01-01

    Background To develop a systematic review by assessing and comparing the different complications that occurs in bone graft surgery using the mandibular body, ramus and symphysis as donor sites. Material and Methods In order to respond to the following question, a systematic review was developed: does the use of intraoral mandibular body and ramus as donor sites in bone graft surgery, produce fewer and less severe complications in comparison to the use of the mandibular symphysis in patients that present bone resorption that needs augmentation using autologous grafts? The review was carried out between January 1990 and 2015, during which only clinical essays with a minimum follow-up period of six months were included. Results The initial search yielded a total of 2912 articles, of which 6 were finally selected. In total, 259 graft surgeries were performed; 118 using the mandibular body and ramus as donor sites, and 141, the symphysis. The most frequent complications that arose when using the mandibular symphysis were temporary sensory alterations in the anterior teeth (33.87%), followed by sensory alterations of the skin and mucosa (18.57%). As for the mandibular body and ramus donor sites, the most frequent complications relate to temporary sensory alterations of the mucosa (8.19%) and to minor postoperative bleeding (6.55%). Conclusions The analyzed results show a higher prevalence and severity of complications when using mandibular symphysis bone grafts, producing more discomfort for the patient. Therefore, it would be advisable to perform further clinical essays due to the lack of studies found. Key words:Alveolar ridge augmentation, autogenous bone, mandibular bone grafts, chin, mandibular symphysis, mandibular ramus. PMID:26827063

  19. Donor acute kidney injury and short-term graft outcome in renal transplantation.

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    Jacobi, Johannes; Rebhan, Dirk; Heller, Katharina; Velden, Joachim; Hilgers, Karl F; Wullich, Bernd; Eckardt, Kai-Uwe; Amann, Kerstin U

    2014-10-01

    With increased waiting times for kidney transplantation, marginal organs from expanded criteria donors (ECD) are increasingly offered for allocation. In addition to ECD status, donors may have suffered from acute kidney injury (AKI) prior to organ procurement. In this retrospective cohort study, we studied short-term allograft function in 517 kidney transplants performed between the years 2008-2014. Recipients of allografts from deceased organ donors were categorized as standard criteria donors (SCD) or ECD with or without AKI defined by RIFLE criteria. Of 382 deceased donations, 174 (45.5%) were classified as ECD and 63 (16.5%) fulfilled AKI criteria. Donor creatinine on hospital admission was similar, whereas creatinine before organ procurement differed (p < 0.001). Despite these differences, serum creatinine and eGFR at discharge and after one yr showed only minor differences between kidneys with or without AKI. In multivariate linear regression analyses, donor AKI was not a predictor of one-yr allograft function. Given the poor prognosis of dialysis patients and the increase in waiting time, kidneys from SCD and ECD donors with AKI should be allocated for transplantation. In case of ECD donors with AKI, recipients should be informed about the possibility of permanent non-function or early graft loss. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. Donor Site Evaluation: Anterior Iliac Crest Following Secondary Alveolar Bone Grafting

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    Vura, Nandagopal; Reddy K., Rajiv; R., Sudhir; G., Rajasekhar; Kaluvala, Varun Raja

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The use of autogenous bone graft for Secondary alveolar bone grafting is well established in the treatment of cleft lip and palate patients. Aims and Objectives: To evaluate post-operative morbidity of anterior iliac crest graft after secondary alveolar bone grafting in cleft patients. Material and Methods: Forty patients during the period from July 2008 to March 2013, who underwent secondary alveolar bone grafting by harvesting graft from anterior iliac crest in Mamata Dental Hospital, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, India are included in the present study. Unilateral and bilateral cleft patients who had undergone secondary alveolar bone grafting (SABG) with anterior iliac crest as their donor site have been selected and post- operative complications from the surgery were evaluated with the help of a questionnaire which included pain, gait disturbances, numbness and scar problems (infection, irritation). Results: Patients who were operated gave maximum score for pain as 8 on visual analogue scale. No pain was observed in any of the cases after 8 days, gait disturbances were seen in all patients (limping) for 2-6 days, there was no post-operative numbness with all the patients returning to their routine in 6- 15 days and 90% of the patients gave a satisfied response towards scar. Conclusion: From the results in our study the morbidity after harvesting bone from iliac crest was found to be moderate to low, which had minimal complications and were well tolerated and greater acceptance from the patient. PMID:24392424

  1. Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) in graft by blood donor antibodies against host leukocytes.

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    Goodwin, Jodi; Tinckam, Kathryn; denHollander, Neal; Haroon, Ayesha; Keshavjee, Shaf; Cserti-Gazdewich, Christine M

    2010-09-01

    It is unknown the extent to which transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) contributes to primary graft dysfunction (PGD), the leading cause of death after lung transplantation. In this case of suspected transfusion-associated acute bilateral graft injury in a 61-year-old idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patient, recipient sera from before and after transplantation/transfusion, as well as the sera of 22 of the 24 implicated blood donors, were individually screened by Luminex bead assay for the presence of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies, with recipient and lung donor HLA typing to explore for cognate relationships. A red-cell-unit donor-source anti-Cw6 antibody, cognate with the HLA type of the recipient, was identified. This is the second reported case of TRALI in the setting of lung transplantation, and the first to show an associated interaction between donor antibodies (in a low-plasma volume product) with recipient leukocytes (rather than graft antigens); therefore, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of PGD.

  2. Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation with ABO-Incompatible Grafts: A German Single Center Experience

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    Goralczyk, Armin D.; Obed, Aiman; Schnitzbauer, Andreas; Doenecke, Axel; Tsui, Tung Yu; Scherer, Marcus N.; Ramadori, Giuliano; Lorf, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    Adult living donor liver transplantations (ALDLTs) across the ABO blood group barrier have been reported in Asia, North Americas, and Europe, but not yet in Germany. Several strategies have been established to overcome the detrimental effects that are attached with such a disparity between donor and host, but no gold standard has yet emerged. Here, we present the first experiences with three ABO-incompatible adult living donor liver transplantations in Germany applying different immunosuppressive strategies. Four patient-donor couples were considered for ABO-incompatible ALDLT. In these patients, resident ABO blood group antibodies (isoagglutinins) were depleted by plasmapheresis or immunoadsorption and replenishment was inhibited by splenectomy and/or B-cell-targeted immunosuppression. Despite different treatments ALDLT could safely be performed in three patients and all patients had good initial graft function without signs for antibody-mediated rejection (AMR). Two patients had long-term graft survival with stable graft function. We thus propose the feasibility of ABO-incompatible ALDLT with these protocols and advocate further expansion of ABO incompatible ALDLT in multicenter trials to improve efficacy and safety. PMID:20148072

  3. Adult living-donor liver transplantation with ABO-incompatible grafts.

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    Testa, Giuliano; Vidanovic, Vladimir; Chejfec, Gregorio; Gangemi, Antonio; Iqpal, Ronak; Porubsky, Marian; Pham, Thuy; Benedetti, Enrico

    2008-03-15

    Liver transplantation using ABO-incompatible grafts is rarely performed because the reported outcome is poorer than with compatible grafts. We report our positive experience with adult-to-adult living-donor liver transplant (LDLT) using ABO-incompatible grafts. The immunosuppressive protocol consisted of plasmapheresis/intravenous immunoglobulin infusion before LDLT followed by thymoglobulin induction and splenectomy, maintenance with tacrolimus/cyclosporine (FK/CSA), mycophenolate mofetil, and a rapid steroid taper. Plasmapheresis was planned for up to 3 months after LDLT aiming at maintaining the anti-ABO titers level below 1:16. Liver biopsies were routinely stained for humoral rejection with complement 4d (C4d) and for biliary damage with cytokeratin 7. Between January 2003 and September 2004, five patients, mean age 59 years, received an ABO-incompatible LDLT. Patient and graft survival was 80% at mean follow-up of 43 months (range, 34-54) for the four surviving patients. One patient died 4 months after LDLT. Humoral rejection occurred in one patient whereas acute cellular rejection was diagnosed in four patients. ABO-incompatible LDLT can be performed with patient and graft survival similar to compatible LDLT. Minimization of immunosuppression is possible, and chronic biliary damage is not the norm. Better tools than complement 4d staining must be researched to diagnose the features of immunologic damage to the graft. If these results will be confirmed in a greater number of patients, ABO-incompatible LDLT may be proposed when ABO-compatible donors are not available or when the ABO-incompatible donor is the better candidate.

  4. Silver-Coated Nylon Dressing Plus Active DC Microcurrent for Healing of Autogenous Skin Donor Sites

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    2013-08-01

    Silver-Coated Nylon Dressing Plus Active DC Microcurrent for Healing of Autogenous Skin Donor Sites Edward W. Malin, MD, Chaya M. Galin, BSN, RN... microcurrent in comparison to silver-coated dressing with sham microcurrent on wound-closure time for autogenous skin donor sites. Methods: Four...hundred five patients were screened for treatment of their donor sites using a silver-coated nylon dressing with either sham or active microcurrent

  5. Attenuation of Hepatic Graft-versus-host Disease in Allogeneic Recipients of MyD88-deficient Donor Bone Marrow.

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    Lim, Ji-Young; Lee, Young-Kwan; Lee, Sung-Eun; Ju, Ji-Min; Park, Gyeongsin; Choi, Eun Young; Min, Chang-Ki

    2015-06-01

    Acute graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) is characterized by selective damage to the liver, the skin, and the gastrointestinal tract. Following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, donor bone marrow (BM) cells repopulate the immune system of the recipient. We previously demonstrated that the acute intestinal GVHD (iGVHD) mortality rate was higher in MyD88-deficient BM recipients than that in the control BM recipients. In the present study, the role of MyD88 (expressed by donor BM) in the pathophysiology of hepatic GVHD (hGVHD) was examined. Unlike iGVHD, transplantation with MyD88-deficient T-cell depleted (TCD) BM attenuated hGVHD severity and was associated with low infiltration of T cells into the liver of the recipients. Moreover, GVHD hosts, transplanted with MyD88-deficient TCD BM, exhibited markedly reduced expansion of CD11b(+)Gr-1(+) myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) in the liver. Adoptive injection of the MDSC from wild type mice, but not MyD88-deficient mice, enhanced hepatic T cell infiltration in the MyD88-deficient TCD BM recipients. Pre-treatment of BM donors with LPS increased MDSC levels in the liver of allogeneic wild type BM recipients. In conclusion, hGVHD and iGVHD may occur through various mechanisms based on the presence of MyD88 in the non-T cell compartment of the allograft.

  6. Randomized clinical trial of autologous skin cell suspension combined with skin grafting for chronic wounds.

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    Hu, Z-C; Chen, D; Guo, D; Liang, Y-Y; Zhang, J; Zhu, J-Y; Tang, B

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of chronic wounds using traditional surgical procedures is challenging because of the low graft take rates. This study investigated the combination approach of split-thickness autografts with harvested skin cell suspension for chronic wound treatment. This randomized clinical trial enrolled patients with chronic wounds between March 2012 and December 2013. Patients who were assigned randomly to the active treatment received a split-thickness autograft combined with harvested skin cell suspension. Control patients received the split-thickness autograft alone. The primary outcome was the rate of complete wound closure by postoperative day 28. Analysis was by intention to treat. Patients who achieved wound closure were followed up for a minimum of 6 months to evaluate the quality of healing. A total of 88 patients were included, 44 in each group. More patients achieved complete wound closure in the skin cell group than in the control group (41 versus 34 patients; P = 0·035). Complete wound closure was observed at a median of 14 (95 per cent c.i. 12·0 to 16·0) days in the skin cell group and 20 (15·7 to 24·3) days in the control group (P = 0·001). The skin cell group had significantly fewer complications (4 versus 11 patients; P = 0·047). The autografted sites displayed better physical attributes and a reduced tendency for wound recurrence in the skin cell group. Complementary split-thickness autologous skin grafting with autologous skin cells harvested using ReCell® (Avita Medical, Cambridge, UK) technology improved the healing rate of chronic wounds. UMIN000011966 (http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr). © 2015 BJS Society Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. Normothermic perfusion machine in liver transplant with cardiac death donor grafts.

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    Pavel, Mihai-Calin; Fondevila Campo, Constantino; Calatayud Mizrahi, David; Ferrer Fabrega, Joana; Sanchez Cabus, Santiago; Molina Santos, Víctor; Fuster Obregon, Josep; Garcia-Valdecasas Salgado, Juan Carlos

    2015-10-01

    The increasing difference between the number of patients in waiting lists for liver transplantation and the number of available donors has generated a great interest in the use of non-ideal organs, like grafts obtained from cardiac death donors (DCD). However, the extreme sensibility to ischemia of these livers results in a low utilization rate and a high percentage of post-transplant complications and re-transplantation. Normothermic perfusion machines (NMP) emerged as an alternative that tries to maintain the viability of the organ and even to improve its function. This review focuses on current results of DCD liver transplantation and on the role that NMP may have in this field.

  8. The impact of donor age and endothelial cell density on graft survival following penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Wakefield, M J; Armitage, W J; Jones, M N A; Kaye, S B; Larkin, D F P; Tole, D; Prydal, J

    2016-07-01

    To determine if donor age and preoperative endothelial cell density (ECD) affect corneal endothelial failure following penetrating keratoplasty (PK). Preoperative and postoperative data for PKs performed in the UK between April 1999 and March 2012 were analysed. Donor age was split into three groups (0-60, 61-75 and >75 years) and donor ECD was split into three groups (≤2400, 2401-2600 and >2600 cells/mm(2)). Cox proportional hazards regression was used to determine whether the selected subgroups of donor age and donor ECD have an impact on endothelial failure and a systematic analysis of the interaction between donor ECD and donor age was conducted. The analysis was stratified for primary corneal diagnosis (Fuchs endothelial dystrophy (FED), pseudophakic bullous keratopathy (PBK) and other) and corrected for potentially confounding factors (human leukocyte antigen matching, donor trephine diameter, deep vascularisation, the occurrence of reversible rejection episodes and receipt of systemic antiviral medication, long-term steroids or other immunosuppressive agents). A total of 9415 patients, from the National Health Service Blood and Transplant UK Transplant Registry, who received their first PK for visual reasons were included in this study. The overall 5-year graft survival rate due to endothelial failure was 89%. Survival rates in recipients with FED, PBK and 'all other indications' were 95%, 83% and 89%, respectively. Our analysis shows that donor ECD did not affect outcome following corneal graft within the preselected categories, irrespective of diagnosis and after allowing for any potential confounding factors. Furthermore, HRs for each level of donor ECD, relative to >2600 cells/mm(2), for each combination of age group and indication, were not statistically significant. We were unable to detect a significant effect of donor age, up to 90 years, and preoperative donor ECD, above the lower limit of 2200 cells/mm(2), on endothelial failure at 5

  9. Prediction of graft-versus-host disease in humans by donor gene-expression profiling.

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    Baron, Chantal; Somogyi, Roland; Greller, Larry D; Rineau, Vincent; Wilkinson, Peter; Cho, Carolyn R; Cameron, Mark J; Kelvin, David J; Chagnon, Pierre; Roy, Denis-Claude; Busque, Lambert; Sékaly, Rafick-Pierre; Perreault, Claude

    2007-01-01

    Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) results from recognition of host antigens by donor T cells following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT). Notably, histoincompatibility between donor and recipient is necessary but not sufficient to elicit GVHD. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that some donors may be "stronger alloresponders" than others, and consequently more likely to elicit GVHD. To this end, we measured the gene-expression profiles of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells from 50 AHCT donors with microarrays. We report that pre-AHCT gene-expression profiling segregates donors whose recipient suffered from GVHD or not. Using quantitative PCR, established statistical tests, and analysis of multiple independent training-test datasets, we found that for chronic GVHD the "dangerous donor" trait (occurrence of GVHD in the recipient) is under polygenic control and is shaped by the activity of genes that regulate transforming growth factor-beta signaling and cell proliferation. These findings strongly suggest that the donor gene-expression profile has a dominant influence on the occurrence of GVHD in the recipient. The ability to discriminate strong and weak alloresponders using gene-expression profiling could pave the way to personalized transplantation medicine.

  10. Evaluation of graft stiffness using acoustic radiation force impulse imaging after living donor liver transplantation.

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    Ijichi, Hideki; Shirabe, Ken; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro; Yoshizumi, Tomoharu; Ikegami, Toru; Kayashima, Hiroto; Morita, Kazutoyo; Toshima, Takeo; Mano, Yohei; Maehara, Yoshihiko

    2014-11-01

    Acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging is an ultrasound-based modality to evaluate tissue stiffness using short-duration acoustic pulses in the region of interest. Virtual touch tissue quantification (VTTQ), which is an implementation of ARFI, allows quantitative assessment of tissue stiffness. Twenty recipients who underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) for chronic liver diseases were enrolled. Graft types included left lobes with the middle hepatic vein and caudate lobes (n = 11), right lobes (n = 7), and right posterior segments (n = 2). They underwent measurement of graft VTTQ during the early post-LDLT period. The VTTQ value level rose after LDLT, reaching a maximum level on postoperative day 4. There were no significant differences in the VTTQ values between the left and right lobe graft types. Significant correlations were observed between the postoperative maximum value of VTTQ and graft volume-to-recipient standard liver volume ratio, portal venous flow to graft volume ratio, and post-LDLT portal venous pressure. The postoperative maximum serum alanine aminotransferase level and ascites fluid production were also significantly correlated with VTTQ. ARFI may be a useful diagnostic tool for the noninvasive and quantitative evaluation of the severity of graft dysfunction after LDLT.

  11. Association of human leukocyte antigen donor-recipient matching and pediatric heart transplant graft survival.

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    Butts, Ryan J; Scheurer, Mark A; Atz, Andrew M; Moussa, Omar; Burnette, Ali L; Hulsey, Thomas C; Savage, Andrew J

    2014-07-01

    The effect of donor-recipient human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching on outcomes remains relatively unexplored in pediatric patients. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of donor-recipient HLA matching on graft survival in pediatric heart transplantation. The UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) database was queried for heart transplants occurring between October 31, 1987, and December 31, 2012, in a recipient aged ≤17 years with ≥1 postoperative follow-up visit. Retransplants were excluded. Transplants were divided into 3 donor-recipient matching groups: no HLA matches (HLA-no), 1 or 2 HLA matches (HLA-low), and 3 to 6 HLA matches (HLA-high). Primary outcome was graft loss. Four thousand four hundred seventy-one heart transplants met the study inclusion criteria. High degree of donor-recipient HLA matching occurred infrequently: HLA-high (n=269; 6%) versus HLA-low (n=2683; 60%) versus HLA-no (n=1495; 34%). There were no differences between HLA matching groups in the frequency of coronary vasculopathy (P=0.19) or rejection in the first post-transplant year (P=0.76). Improved graft survival was associated with a greater degree of HLA donor-recipient matching: HLA-high median survival, 17.1 (95% confidence interval, 14.0-20.2) years; HLA-low median survival, 14.2 (13.1-15.4) years; and HLA-no median survival, 12.1 (10.9-13.3 years) years; P<0.01, log-rank test. In Cox-regression analysis, HLA matching was independently associated with decreased graft loss: HLA-low versus HLA-no hazard ratio, 0.86 (95% confidence interval, 0.74-0.99), P=0.04; HLA-high versus HLA-no, 0.62 (95% confidence interval, 0.43-0.90), P<0.01. Decreased graft loss in pediatric heart transplantation was associated with a higher degree of donor-recipient HLA matching, although a difference in the frequency of early rejection or development of coronary artery vasculopathy was not seen. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  12. Association of Human Leukocyte Antigen Donor-Recipient Matching and Pediatric Heart Transplant Graft Survival

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    Butts, Ryan J.; Scheurer, Mark A.; Atz, Andrew M.; Moussa, Omar; Burnette, Ali L.; Hulsey, Thomas C.; Savage, Andrew J.

    2014-01-01

    Background The effect of donor-recipient human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching on outcomes remains relatively unexplored in pediatric patients. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of donor-recipient HLA matching on graft survival in pediatric heart transplantation. Methods and Results The UNOS database was queried for heart transplants occurring between October 31, 1987 to December 31, 2012 in a recipient aged ≤ 17 with at least one postoperative follow-up visit. Retransplants were excluded. Transplants were divided into 3 donor-recipient matching groups: no HLA matches (HLA-no), 1 or 2 HLA matches (HLA-low), and 3-6 HLA matches (HLA-high). Primary outcome was graft loss. 4471 heart transplants met study inclusion criteria. High degree of donor-recipient HLA matching occurred infrequently; (HLA-high n=269 (6 %) v. HLA-low n=2683 (60%) v. HLA-no n=1495 (34%). There were no differences between HLA matching groups in frequency of coronary vasculopathy (p=0.19) or rejection in the first post-transplant year (p=0.76). Improved graft survival was associated with a greater degree of HLA donor-recipient matching: HLA-high median survival 17.1yrs (14.0-20.2yrs, 95%CI), HLA-low median survival 14.2yrs (13.1-15.4), and HLA-no median survival 12.1yrs (10.9-13.3), p<0.01 log rank test. In Cox-regression analysis, HLA matching was independently associated with decreased graft loss [HLA-low v. HLA-no HR 0.86 (0.74-0.99, 95%CI), p=0.04; HLA-high v. HLA-no 0.62 (0.43-0.90, 95%CI), p<0.01]. Conclusions Decreased graft loss in pediatric heart transplantation was associated with a higher degree of donor-recipient HLA matching, although a difference in the frequency of early rejection or development of coronary artery vasculopathy was not seen. PMID:24833649

  13. Computer-based planning of optimal donor sites for autologous osseous grafts

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    Krol, Zdzislaw; Chlebiej, Michal; Zerfass, Peter; Zeilhofer, Hans-Florian U.; Sader, Robert; Mikolajczak, Pawel; Keeve, Erwin

    2002-05-01

    Bone graft surgery is often necessary for reconstruction of craniofacial defects after trauma, tumor, infection or congenital malformation. In this operative technique the removed or missing bone segment is filled with a bone graft. The mainstay of the craniofacial reconstruction rests with the replacement of the defected bone by autogeneous bone grafts. To achieve sufficient incorporation of the autograft into the host bone, precise planning and simulation of the surgical intervention is required. The major problem is to determine as accurately as possible the donor site where the graft should be dissected from and to define the shape of the desired transplant. A computer-aided method for semi-automatic selection of optimal donor sites for autografts in craniofacial reconstructive surgery has been developed. The non-automatic step of graft design and constraint setting is followed by a fully automatic procedure to find the best fitting position. In extension to preceding work, a new optimization approach based on the Levenberg-Marquardt method has been implemented and embedded into our computer-based surgical planning system. This new technique enables, once the pre-processing step has been performed, selection of the optimal donor site in time less than one minute. The method has been applied during surgery planning step in more than 20 cases. The postoperative observations have shown that functional results, such as speech and chewing ability as well as restoration of bony continuity were clearly better compared to conventionally planned operations. Moreover, in most cases the duration of the surgical interventions has been distinctly reduced.

  14. The effect of remote ischemic postconditioning on graft function in patients undergoing living donor kidney transplantation.

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    Kim, Won Ho; Lee, Jong-Hwan; Kim, Gaab Soo; Sim, Hyun Yee; Kim, Sung Joo

    2014-09-15

    We evaluated whether remote ischemic postconditioning (RiPoC) could improve initial graft function in living donor kidney transplantation (KT). Patients undergoing living donor KT were randomly assigned to either RiPoC (n=30) or control group (n=30). Immediately after reperfusion in the RiPoC group, three cycles of ischemia and reperfusion, lasting 5 min each, were performed on one upper limb. Renal function was assessed before surgery, 2 hr after surgery, and at 12-hr intervals for 96 hr postsurgery by measuring serum creatinine (sCr) and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Urine output and urine creatinine were assessed until postoperative day 7, and hospital stay and complication rates were compared. The time for sCr to reach 50% of its preoperative level was significantly shorter in the RiPoC group than in the control group [12 (12-24) hr for RiPoC vs. 24 (21-36) hr for the control, P=0.005]. The number of patients whose sCr was reduced by 50% within 24 hr was significantly greater in the RiPoC group than in the control group [n=26 (87%) in RiPoC vs. n=18 (60%) in control, P=0.020]. However, there were no differences in sCr and eGFR thereafter, the incidence of graft dysfunction or complication rates between groups. In this study, RiPoC appeared to hasten the recovery of graft function within 24 hr but did not affect the graft function thereafter. However, considering most recipients had immediate graft function, further studies with deceased donors or studies powered to detect a smaller difference are needed.

  15. An Alternative Treatment Strategy for Complicated Chronic Wounds: Negative Pressure Therapy over Mesh Skin Graft

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    Maruccia, Michele; Onesti, Maria G.; Sorvillo, Valentina; Albano, Antonio; Dessy, Luca A.; Carlesimo, Bruno; Tarallo, Mauro; Giudice, Giuseppe; Cigna, Emanuele; Ribuffo, Diego

    2017-01-01

    Extensive skin defect represents a real problem and major challenge in plastic and reconstructive surgery. On one hand, skin grafts offer a practical method to deal with skin defects despite their unsuitability for several complicated wounds. On the other hand, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), applied before skin grafting, promotes granulation tissue growth. The aim of the study is to evaluate the improvement in wound healing given by the merger of these two different approaches. We treated 23 patients for large wounds of multiple factors. Of these, 15 were treated with the application of V.A.C.® Therapy (KCI Medical S.r.l., Milan, Italy), in combination with skin grafts after a prior unsuccessful treatment of 4 weeks with mesh skin grafts and dressings. Another 8 were treated with only mesh skin graft. Pain reduction and wound area reduction were found statistically significant (p < 0.0009, p < 0.0001). Infection was resolved in almost all patients. According to our study, the use of the negative pressure wound therapy over mesh skin grafts is significantly effective especially in wounds resistant to conventional therapies, thereby improving the rate of skin graft take. PMID:28299333

  16. Diabetes mellitus: a risk factor for delayed graft function after deceased donor kidney transplantation.

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    Parekh, J; Bostrom, A; Feng, S

    2010-02-01

    Early graft function is a major determinant of long-term outcomes after renal transplantation. Recently, recipient diabetes was identified as a risk factor for poor initial graft function in living donor renal transplantation. To further explore this association, we performed a paired analysis of deceased donor renal transplants from January 1994 to December 2005. A total of 25,523 transplant pairs were analyzed via conditional logistic regression. Diabetic recipients were older (53.16 vs. 46.75 years, p < 0.01), had a lower average panel reactive antibody (12% vs. 15%, p < 0.01) and fewer prior transplants (0.07 vs. 0.12, p < 0.01). Recipient diabetes, age, male gender, African American race, elevated peak panel reactive antibody and increased cold ischemia time were independent risk factors for delayed graft function. Specifically, diabetic recipients had increased risk of DGF on univariate analysis (odds ratio [OR] 1.32, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.23-1.42, p < 0.01). Multivariable analysis confirmed this association but the risk differed by recipient gender; with diabetes having a greater effect in women (OR 1.66, 95% CI 1.45-1.91, p < 0.01) compared to men (OR 1.28, 95% CI 1.15-1.43, p < 0.01). It is unknown whether the deleterious impact of recipient diabetes on graft function after renal transplantation results from perioperative hyperglycemia or the chronic sequelae of diabetes.

  17. New-onset diabetes mellitus after living-donor liver transplantation: association with graft synthetic function.

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    Yagi, Shintaro; Kaido, Toshimi; Iida, Taku; Yoshizawa, Atsushi; Okajima, Hideaki; Uemoto, Shinji

    2017-06-01

    It is now known that post-transplant graft function after deceased-donor liver transplantation and living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) differ; however, there is no report assessing the relationship between graft function and the development of new-onset diabetes mellitus after transplantation (NODAT). We conducted this study to identify the predictive risk factors for NODAT, including graft function after LDLT. The subjects of this study were 175 adult recipients who underwent LDLT at Kyoto University Hospital between 2006 and 2010, and survived for more than 3 months (median observation period, 1046 days). The 1-, 2-, and 3-year incidences of NODAT after LDLT were 26.1, 32.0, and 33.4%, respectively. Pre-transplant diabetes was associated with poor survival (p = 0.0048), whereas NODAT was not associated with patient survival. In the multivariate analysis, recipient age ≥40, a tacrolimus trough level ≥8 ng/mL 3 months after LDLT, and cholinesterase (ChE) <185 IU/L 3 months after LDLT were the independent risk factors for NODAT. Poor graft synthetic function 3 months after LDLT as well as older age of the recipient and a higher tacrolimus concentration were strongly associated with NODAT development after LDLT.

  18. Corneal graft rejection 10 years after penetrating keratoplasty in the cornea donor study.

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    Dunn, Steven P; Gal, Robin L; Kollman, Craig; Raghinaru, Dan; Dontchev, Mariya; Blanton, Christopher L; Holland, Edward J; Lass, Jonathan H; Kenyon, Kenneth R; Mannis, Mark J; Mian, Shahzad I; Rapuano, Christopher J; Stark, Walter J; Beck, Roy W

    2014-10-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effect of donor and recipient factors on corneal allograft rejection and evaluate whether a rejection event was associated with graft failure. One thousand ninety subjects undergoing penetrating keratoplasty for a moderate risk condition (principally Fuchs dystrophy or pseudophakic corneal edema) were followed for up to 12 years. Associations of baseline recipient and donor factors with the occurrence of a rejection event were assessed in univariate and multivariate proportional hazards models. Among 651 eyes with a surviving graft at 5 years, the 10-year graft failure (±99% confidence interval) rates were 12% ± 4% among eyes with no rejection events in the first 5 years, 17% ± 12% in eyes with at least 1 probable, but no definite rejection event, and 22% ± 20% in eyes with at least 1 definite rejection event. The only baseline factor significantly associated with a higher risk of definite graft rejection was a preoperative history of glaucoma, particularly when previous glaucoma surgery had been performed and glaucoma medications were being used at the time of transplant (10-year incidence 35% ± 23% compared with 14% ± 4% in eyes with no history of glaucoma/intraocular pressure treatment, P = 0.008). Patients who experienced a definite rejection event frequently developed graft failure raising important questions as to how we might change acute and long-term corneal graft management. Multivariate analysis indicated that previous use of glaucoma medications and glaucoma filtering surgery was a significant risk factor related to a definite rejection event.

  19. Venous outflow reconstruction using an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft in living-donor liver transplant: a single-center experience.

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    Lai, Chia-Yu; Han, Shao-Min; Chen, Yi-Ju; Huang, Shou-Sen; Wu, Cheng-Chung; Cheng, Shao-Bin

    2014-06-01

    Limited studies have focused on the feasibility and technical requirements of using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene vessel grafts for venous outflow reconstruction in a living-donor liver transplant using right liver grafts without the middle hepatic vein. Between August 2007 and December 2012, thirty-two patients who had received an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft for outflow reconstruction during a living-donor liver transplant using a right liver graft without the middle hepatic vein were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative and operative data, complications, and mortality were compared among patients who received the expanded polytetrafluoroethylene grafts with individual anastomoses (n = 18) or confluent anastomoses (n =14). For patients who had received an individual and a confluent anastomosis, graft reconstruction time was 25.8 and 14.9 minutes (P = .000). No cases of graft occlusion occurred during first 72 hours after surgery. Although 5 patients (15.6%) died within 90 days, none of the deaths were associated with the vascular grafts. Operative mortality was not statistically different between patients who had received an individual anastomosis (3/18, 16.7%) and those who had received a confluent anastomosis (2/14, 14.3%) (P = 1.000). Individual and confluent anastomoses using an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft is a feasible approach to venous outflow reconstruction in a living-donor liver transplant using right liver grafts without the middle hepatic vein.

  20. Traveling waves in the modelling of aerosolised skin grafts

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    Ai, Shangbing

    2008-11-01

    Denman et al. [P.K. Denman, D.L.S. McElwain, J. Norbury, Analysis of travelling waves associated with the modelling of aerosolised skin grafts, Bull. Math. Biol. 69 (2007) 495-523] proposed a novel model on the growth pattern of keratinocyte cell colonies that were sprayed on to a severe burn site to facilitate the healing process. They studied traveling wave solutions of the model by asymptotic analysis and obtained several qualitative properties. In this paper we establish the following result on the traveling waves: there exists a minimal speed c such that the model has a unique biologically meaningful travelling wave solution for each speed c≥c and has no such a solution for any c

  1. Re-evaluation of skin-explant model in graft-versus-host disease prediction.

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    Sahin, S; Akoğlu, T F; Gürbüz, O; Ergun, T; Küllü, S; Sav, A; Ahiskali, R; Tüzüner, N; Doğusoy, G

    1995-10-01

    An in vitro skin explant model has been proposed for prediction of graft versus host disease and reported to be highly sensitive and specific for this purpose. In this study we have re-evaluated this model in both HLA full-matched BMT recipient-donor sibling pairs and also in HLA one haplotype-matched parent-children pairs. All assessments were made blindly by 3 independent observers. The predictive value of the test for the occurrence of clinical GvHD in 14 BMT patients was found to be less sensitive than reported previously (correlation coefficients were +0.019, +0.067 and -0.061 between clinical GvHD and in vitro primed allogeneic, primed mixed and unprimed allogeneic settings, indicating "poor" correlation). False positive and false negative results were high and there were also significant discrepancies between three blind observations in the grading of skin changes. Weighted kappa analysis revealed that there were "fair" correlations between the 3 observers (K = 0.25). These results indicated that the skin explant model is an unpredictable test system and there are great problems in standardization of the method.

  2. Versatility of retroauricular mastoid donor site: a convenient valuable warehouse of various free graft tissues in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

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    Cho, Jeong Mok; Jeong, Jae Hoon; Woo, Kevin Volt; Lee, Yoon Ho

    2013-01-01

    Soft-tissue deficiency is a critical issue in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Harvesting autografts from other anatomical sites has been a common practice in overcoming soft-tissue insufficiency for many years. However, donor-site complications and visible scars are of important concerns. Therefore, we would like to introduce an alternative donor site of free-tissue grafts and its inherent advantages: the retroauricular mastoid area located along the mastoid hair line. From August 1991 to June 2011, we performed facial reconstructive surgeries for cosmetic correction of disfigurements from both congenital and complications of previous cosmetic procedures on a total of 213 patients. These patients had undergone either 1 or more facial cosmetic surgeries in the past. In this study, our primary goal focused on revising facial asymmetries or defects from previous surgical scars, tissue contraction, undercorrection, or underdevelopment. For autograft harvesting, we incised an elliptical shape along the retroauricular hairline. We then harvested sufficient amount of skin, dermal fat, fascia, or a piece of the mastoid bone if needed. After harvesting, we closed the incisional area and covered it with a compressive dressing. In evaluation of our results, we compared the preoperative photographs with postoperative and constructed a survey on patient satisfaction. Overall, the patients in this study were greatly satisfied with their surgical results. No major complications were reported. As a result of our long-term study, we believe that the retroauricular mastoid area has been shown to be an indispensable donor site for a variety of autograft tissues in terms of safety, convenience, and versatility of its unique structural composition consisting of skin, dermal fat, fascia, and bone.

  3. Association of Kidney Graft Loss With De Novo Produced Donor-Specific and Non-Donor-Specific HLA Antibodies Detected by Single Antigen Testing.

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    Süsal, Caner; Wettstein, Daniel; Döhler, Bernd; Morath, Christian; Ruhenstroth, Andrea; Scherer, Sabine; Tran, Thuong H; Gombos, Petra; Schemmer, Peter; Wagner, Eric; Fehr, Thomas; Živčić-Ćosić, Stela; Balen, Sanja; Weimer, Rolf; Slavcev, Antonij; Bösmüller, Claudia; Norman, Douglas J; Zeier, Martin; Opelz, Gerhard

    2015-09-01

    The association of donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA) with kidney graft failure has been addressed previously; however, the majority of studies were based on small numbers of patients with graft failure. We investigated 83 patients with failed kidney transplants for a possible association of de novo development and persistence or loss of pre-existing DSA with graft failure. Single Antigen Bead assay-detected DSA and non-DSA antibodies were compared between patients with graft loss and matched controls with functioning grafts. The incidence of weak de novo DSA or non-DSA at a mean fluorescence intensity of 500 or higher was higher in the graft loss than in the nonrejector group (76% vs 40%, P < 0.001). Because of the low number of patients developing de novo DSA, the DSA results did not reach statistical significance (only 22% of patients with graft loss developed de novo DSA). However, at all cutoffs, there was a significantly higher rate of graft loss in patients with de novo non-DSA. The incidence of strong pretransplant DSA that persist after transplantation was higher in the graft loss group (10% vs 1%, P = 0.034). When C1q-binding ability in sera of rejectors and nonrejectors with posttransplant de novo or persistent DSA was compared, none of the nonrejectors demonstrated C1q positivity, whereas 43% of patients with graft loss showed C1q-positive antibodies, although not necessarily donor-specific (P < 0.001). Our data show that the posttransplant presence of persisting or de novo HLA antibodies, especially if C1q binding, is associated with graft loss, even if the antibodies are not specific for mismatched donor HLA.

  4. Assessment of cryopreserved donor skin viability: the experience of the regional tissue bank of Siena.

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    Pianigiani, E; Tognetti, L; Ierardi, F; Mariotti, G; Rubegni, P; Cevenini, G; Perotti, R; Fimiani, M

    2016-06-01

    Skin allografts from cadaver donors are an important resource for treating extensive burns, slow-healing wounds and chronic ulcers. A high level of cell viability of cryopreserved allografts is often required, especially in burn surgery, in Italy. Thus, we aimed to determine which conditions enable procurement of highly viable skin in our Regional Skin Bank of Siena. For this purpose, we assessed cell viability of cryopreserved skin allografts procured between 2011 and 2013 from 127 consecutive skin donors, before and after freezing (at day 15, 180, and 365). For each skin donor, we collected data concerning clinical history (age, sex, smoking, phototype, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cause of death), donation process (multi-tissue or multi-organ) and timing of skin procurement (assessment of intervals such as death-harvesting, harvesting-banking, death-banking). All these variables were analysed in the whole case study (127 donors) and in different groups (e.g. multi-organ donors, non refrigerated multi-tissue donors, refrigerated multi-tissue donors) for correlations with cell viability. Our results indicated that cryopreserved skin allografts with higher cell viability were obtained from female, non smoker, heartbeating donors died of cerebral haemorrhage, and were harvested within 2 h of aortic clamping and banked within 12 h of harvesting (13-14 h from clamping). Age, cause of death and dyslipidaemia or diabetes did not appear to influence cell viability. To maintain acceptable cell viability, our skin bank needs to reduce the time interval between harvesting and banking, especially for refrigerated donors.

  5. Pediatric living donor liver transplantation for congenital hepatic fibrosis using a mother's graft with von Meyenburg complex: A case report.

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    Yamada, Naoya; Sanada, Yukihiro; Katano, Takumi; Tashiro, Masahisa; Hirata, Yuta; Okada, Noriki; Ihara, Yoshiyuki; Miki, Atsushi; Sasanuma, Hideki; Urahashi, Taizen; Sakuma, Yasunaru; Mizuta, Koichi

    2016-11-28

    This is the first report of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) for congenital hepatic fibrosis (CHF) using a mother's graft with von Meyenburg complex. A 6-year-old girl with CHF, who suffered from recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding, was referred to our hospital for liver transplantation. Her 38-year-old mother was investigated as a living donor and multiple biliary hamartoma were seen on her computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scan. The mother's liver function tests were normal and she did not have any organ abnormality, including polycystic kidney disease. LDLT using the left lateral segment (LLS) graft from the donor was performed. The donor LLS graft weighed 250 g; the graft recipient weight ratio was 1.19%. The operation and post-operative course of the donor were uneventful and she was discharged on post-operative day (POD) 8. The graft liver function was good, and the recipient was discharged on POD 31. LDLT using a graft with von Meyenburg complex is safe and useful. Long-term follow-up is needed with respect to graft liver function and screening malignant tumors.

  6. Randomized Clinical Trial of the Innovative Bilayered Wound Dressing Made of Silk and Gelatin: Safety and Efficacy Tests Using a Split-Thickness Skin Graft Model.

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    Hasatsri, Sukhontha; Angspatt, Apichai; Aramwit, Pornanong

    2015-01-01

    We developed the novel silk fibroin-based bilayered wound dressing for the treatment of partial thickness wounds. And it showed relevant characteristics and accelerated the healing of full-thickness wounds in a rat model. This study is the clinical evaluation of the bilayered wound dressing to confirm its safety and efficacy for the treatment of split-thickness skin donor sites. The safety test was performed using a patch model and no evidence of marked and severe cutaneous reactions was found. The efficacy test of the bilayered wound dressing was conducted on 23 patients with 30 split-thickness skin graft donor sites to evaluate healing time, pain score, skin barrier function, and systemic reaction in comparison to Bactigras. We found that the healing time of donor site wounds treated with the bilayered wound dressing (11 ± 6 days) was significantly faster than those treated with Bactigras (14 ± 6 days) (p = 10(-6)). The wound sites treated with the bilayered wound dressing showed significantly less pain and more rapid skin functional barrier recovery than those treated with Bactigras (p = 10(-5)). Therefore, these results confirmed the clinical safety and efficacy of the bilayered wound dressing for the treatment of split-thickness skin graft donor sites.

  7. Randomized Clinical Trial of the Innovative Bilayered Wound Dressing Made of Silk and Gelatin: Safety and Efficacy Tests Using a Split-Thickness Skin Graft Model

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    Hasatsri, Sukhontha; Angspatt, Apichai; Aramwit, Pornanong

    2015-01-01

    We developed the novel silk fibroin-based bilayered wound dressing for the treatment of partial thickness wounds. And it showed relevant characteristics and accelerated the healing of full-thickness wounds in a rat model. This study is the clinical evaluation of the bilayered wound dressing to confirm its safety and efficacy for the treatment of split-thickness skin donor sites. The safety test was performed using a patch model and no evidence of marked and severe cutaneous reactions was found. The efficacy test of the bilayered wound dressing was conducted on 23 patients with 30 split-thickness skin graft donor sites to evaluate healing time, pain score, skin barrier function, and systemic reaction in comparison to Bactigras. We found that the healing time of donor site wounds treated with the bilayered wound dressing (11 ± 6 days) was significantly faster than those treated with Bactigras (14 ± 6 days) (p = 10−6). The wound sites treated with the bilayered wound dressing showed significantly less pain and more rapid skin functional barrier recovery than those treated with Bactigras (p = 10−5). Therefore, these results confirmed the clinical safety and efficacy of the bilayered wound dressing for the treatment of split-thickness skin graft donor sites. PMID:26221170

  8. Increased early graft failure in right-sided living donor nephrectomy.

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    Hsu, John W; Reese, Peter P; Naji, Ali; Levine, Matthew H; Abt, Peter L

    2011-01-15

    Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (LDN) is well established; however, there is concern about early graft loss because of technical issues with right-sided LDN. Prior studies on the subject were mostly single centered and not powered to detect clinically significant differences in allograft failure. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of recipients of live donor kidney transplants using national registry data. The primary endpoint was 90-day allograft failure. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were stratified as overall live donor transplantation, transplantation after LDN, and transplantation after open donor nephrectomy (ODN). Between 2001 and 2006, a total of 2555 right LDNs, 25,387 left LDNs, 2496 right ODNs, and 5552 left ODNs were performed. For the entire cohort compared with ODN, LDN was not associated with early allograft loss (odds ratio [OR]=0.94, P=0.4); however, right-sided nephrectomy increased the risk of allograft loss (OR=1.49, P<0.01). When stratified by procedure type, right LDN (OR=1.58, P<0.01) and right ODN (OR=1.38, P=0.02) demonstrated an association with increased risk of graft failure compared with the left side. The observed risk of allograft failure with right-sided LDN was 3.8% vs. 2.5% with left-sided LDN. Right-sided donor nephrectomy is associated with a small increased risk of allograft failure regardless of open or laparoscopic approach. However, the low observed risk of allograft failure with right-sided nephrectomy suggests that recovering the right kidney is a reasonable option for donors with contraindications for donating the left kidney.

  9. Comparison of energy metabolism in liver grafts from donors after circulatory death and donors after brain death during cold storage and reperfusion.

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    Perera, M T P R; Richards, D A; Silva, M A; Ahmed, N; Neil, D A; Murphy, N; Mirza, D F

    2014-06-01

    Donation after circulatory death (DCD) liver grafts have supplemented the donor organ pool, but certain adverse outcomes have prevented exploration of the full potential of such organs. The aim of this study was to determine key differences in basic energy metabolism between DCD and donation after brainstem death (DBD) grafts. Microdialysis samples from DCD and DBD allograft parenchyma from cold storage to 48 h after reperfusion were analysed by colorimetric methods. Interstitial lactate, pyruvate and glycerol levels were measured and the lactate/pyruvate ratio was calculated to estimate energy depletion of the grafts. Histological features of ischaemia and reperfusion injury were assessed. Donor age, extent of steatosis and cold ischaemia time were comparable between ten DCD and 20 DBD organs. DCD grafts had higher levels of interstitial lactate (median 11.6 versus 1.2 mmol/l; P = 0.015) and increased lactate/pyruvate ratio (792 versus 38; P = 0.001) during cold storage. There was no significant difference in glycerol levels between DCD and DBD grafts (225.1 versus 127.5 µmol/l respectively; P = 0.700). Rapid restoration of energy levels with lactate clearance, increased pyruvate levels and reduced lactate/pyruvate ratio was seen following reperfusion of functioning DCD grafts, parallel with levels in DBD grafts. Histology revealed more pronounced glycogen depletion in DCD grafts. Three allografts that failed owing to primary non-function showed energy exhaustion with severe glycogen depletion. Liver grafts from DCD donors exhibited depletion of intracellular energy reserves during cold storage. Failed allografts showed severe energy depletion. Modified organ preservation techniques to minimize organ injury related to altered energy metabolism may enable better utilization of donor organs after circulatory death. © 2014 BJS Society Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Skin-autofluorescence is an independent predictor of graft loss in renal transplant recipients.

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    Hartog, Jasper W L; Gross, Sascha; Oterdoom, Leendert H; van Ree, Rutger M; de Vries, Aiko P J; Smit, Andries J; Schouten, Jan P; Nawroth, Peter P; Gans, Reinold O B; van Son, Willem J; Bierhaus, Angelika; Bakker, Stephan J L

    2009-04-15

    Skin-autofluorescence (skin-AF) noninvasively measures the tissue accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are nephrotoxic and potential effectors of cardiovascular mortality. We investigated whether skin-AF predicted graft loss after kidney transplantation. A total of 302 renal transplant recipients were enrolled at a median time of 6.1 (2.6-12.1) years after transplantation and were subsequently followed up for first occurrence of graft loss (i.e., graft failure or all-cause mortality) for 5.2 (4.6-5.4) years. The association of baseline skin-AF with graft loss was investigated with univariable and multivariable Cox-regression and receiver-operator-characteristic curve analyses. Baseline skin-AF was 2.7+/-0.8 arbitrary units. Skin-AF predicted graft loss in a univariable Cox regression analysis (Hazard ratios 2.40 [1.75-3.29], P<0.001) and in a multivariable model (Hazard ratios 1.83 [1.22-2.75], P=0.003), adjusted for other identified risk-factors, including patient age, creatinine clearance, protein excretion, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), and human leukocyte antigen-DR mismatching. The area under the receiver-operator-characteristic curve for skin-AF as predictor of graft loss was significantly different from 0.5. Skin-AF was also a significant predictor of graft failure and mortality as separate end points. We conclude that skin-AF is an independent predictor of graft loss in kidney transplant recipients. Although skin-AF is not a direct measurement for AGEs, we believe that our results do support the hypothesis that accumulation of AGEs in renal transplant recipients contributes to the development of graft loss.

  11. Biomarkers of cellular apoptosis and necrosis in donor myocardium are not predictive of primary graft dysfunction.

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    Szarszoi, O; Besik, J; Smetana, M; Maly, J; Urban, M; Maluskova, J; Lodererova, A; Hoskova, L; Tucanova, Z; Pirk, J; Netuka, I

    2016-06-20

    Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is a life-threatening complication among heart transplant recipients and a major cause of early mortality. Although the pathogenesis of PGD is still unclear, ischemia/reperfusion injury has been identified as a predominant factor. Both necrosis and apoptosis contribute to the loss of cardiomyocytes during ischemia/reperfusion injury, and this loss of cells can ultimately lead to PGD. The aim of our prospective study was to find out whether cell death, necrosis and apoptosis markers present in the donor myocardium can predict PGD. The prospective study involved 64 consecutive patients who underwent orthotopic heart transplantation at our institute between September 2010 and January 2013. High-sensitive cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) as a marker of minor myocardial necrosis was detected from arterial blood samples before the donor's pericardium was opened. Apoptosis (caspase-3, active + pro-caspase-3, bcl-2, TUNEL) was assessed from bioptic samples taken from the right ventricle prior graft harvesting. In our study, 14 % of transplant recipients developed PGD classified according to the standardized definition proposed by the ISHLT Working Group. We did not find differences between the groups in regard to hs-cTnT serum levels. The mean hs-cTnT value for the PGD group was 57.4+/-22.9 ng/l, compared to 68.4+/-10.8 ng/l in the group without PGD. The presence and severity of apoptosis in grafted hearts did not differ between grafts without PGD and hearts that subsequently developed PGD. In conclusion, our findings did not demonstrate any association between measured myocardial cell death, necrosis or apoptosis markers in donor myocardium and PGD in allograft recipients. More detailed investigations of cell death signaling pathways in transplanted hearts are required.

  12. Use of Cyanoacrylate Glue Casting for Stabilization of Periocular Skin Grafts and Flaps.

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    Jackson, Colette M; Nguyen, Michelle; Mancini, Ronald

    To examine a novel technique for periocular skin graft and flap stabilization using cyanoacrylate glue applied to the host bed around the perimeter of the graft or flap to create an immobile cast in the immediate postoperative period to promote successful graft take and stable anatomic position. Retrospective review was performed of a single surgeon's patients who underwent periocular skin graft or flap between August 1, 2011, and February 29, 2016, in which cyanoacrylate glue was applied postoperatively for graft stabilization. Data examined included indication for procedure, location and size of graft, postoperative complications, and length of follow up postoperatively. Of 164 cases reviewed, 9 cases were identified in which cyanoacrylate glue was used as the sole means of graft or flap stabilization. Indications for surgery included repair of cicatricial ectropion (3 cases) and repair of Mohs defect status after excision of basal or squamous cell carcinoma (6 cases). All cases involved reformation of the lower eyelid. Five cases employed full-thickness skin grafts and 4 cases employed adjacent tissue rearrangement. Size of defect repaired ranged from 8 mm to 35 mm when largest diameter was measured. Complications included mild residual ectropion or mild punctal ectropion in 2 patients who was asymptomatic and did not require further surgery. No cases were complicated by hematoma, infection, or graft necrosis. Cyanoacrylate glue can be used to successfully stabilize skin grafts and flaps in the immediate postoperative period.

  13. Postoperative irradiation after reconstructive surgery: comparative study of radiosensitivity between free-skin grafts and skin flaps

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    Sumi, Y.; Ueda, M.; Kaneda, T.; Oka, T.; Torii, S.; Sakuma, S.

    1984-09-01

    Radiation effects after reconstructive surgery (free-skin grafts and skin flaps) were studied in the rat, and the optimum time for irradiation was determined. The radiosensitivity of both free-skin grafts and skin flaps showed the same trend depending on time of irradiation after operation. The grafts or flaps irradiated in the hypervascular stage showed severe reactions to irradiation, whereas those irradiated in the hypovascular stage showed milder reactions in gross and microangiographic observation. Vascular damage should be given primary consideration when deciding the proper time for irradiation after reconstructive surgery. In general, free-skin grafts showed more severe reactions than skin flaps, especially in the grafts irradiated in the early stage after operation. The experimental results of this study cannot be readily transferred to a clinical setting, but they suggest that postoperative irradiation could be begun 3 to 4 weeks after operation with respect to graft or flap survival, and the results of the clinical cases almost coincide with these experimental results.

  14. Application of transcutaneous PO2 determinations for the postoperative monitoring of skin grafts.

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    Tejerina, C; Reig, A; Codina, J; Baena, P; Mirabet, V

    1992-02-01

    A study of transcutaneous PO2 measurements was made in 25 patients with partial thickness skin grafts applied to different full skin thickness burn areas. Transcutaneous oximetry was performed 4, 7, 15, 22, 30, 40, 50, 60, 75 and 90 days postgrafting, with the aim of offering a quantifiable diagnostic method for the postoperative monitoring of skin grafts, as a complement to the classical approach of observation and clinical evaluation. An increase in PO2 was detected following grafting--the greatest increase was noted after day 8 postgrafting, and possibly coincides with the establishment of the vascular plexus from the combined underlying bed and graft. However, the values obtained 3 months after grafting do not reach those presented by healthy skin areas.

  15. Impact of Kidney Graft Weight-to-Recipient Body Weight Ratio on Long-Term Graft Function in Living Donor Kidney Transplant.

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    Simforoosh, Nasser; Soltani, Mohammad Hossein; Kashi, Amirhossein; Basiri, Abbas; Tabibi, Ali; Narouie, Behzad; Yahyazadeh, Seyed Reza

    2017-10-01

    Our objective was to evaluate the effect of kidney graft weight-to-recipient body weight ratio as a nonimmune factor that may affect long-term graft function. We retrospectively collected data from 2531 living donor kidney transplant procedures performed between 1994 and 2010 at Shahid Labbafinejad Medical Center; 635 patients were included in this study. Each kidney was weighed after cold wash. The kidney weight-to-recipient body weight ratio was calculated. As an indicator of graft function, we used the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study Group equation to estimate glomerular filtration rate. For statistical analyses, we used simple linear regression analysis and the mixed model test using SPSS version 17.0 software (SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA). Mean age of recipients and median follow-up duration were 37.5 years (range, 6-77 y) and 36 months (range, 25-84 mo). Long-term graft function showed a positive correlation with kidney graft-to-recipient body weight ratio but not with the graft weight alone. The magnitude of this correlation was higher early after surgery (day 7) and decreased with long-term follow-up but was still statistically significant (P < .001). From our results, we conclude that kidney graft-to-recipient body weight ratio is correlated with the kidney graft function; graft size matching may be considered for kidney donor selection.

  16. Influence of Deceased Donor and Pretransplant Recipient Parameters on Early Overall Kidney Graft-Survival in Germany

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    Fischer-Fröhlich, Carl-Ludwig; Kutschmann, Marcus; Feindt, Johanna; Schmidtmann, Irene; Kirste, Günter; Frühauf, Nils R.; Wirges, Ulrike; Rahmel, Axel; Schleicher, Christina

    2015-01-01

    Background. Scarcity of grafts for kidney transplantation (KTX) caused an increased consideration of deceased donors with substantial risk factors. There is no agreement on which ones are detrimental for overall graft-survival. Therefore, we investigated in a nationwide multicentre study the impact of donor and recipient related risks known before KTX on graft-survival based on the original data used for allocation and graft acceptance. Methods. A nationwide deidentified multicenter study-database was created of data concerning kidneys donated and transplanted in Germany between 2006 and 2008 as provided by the national organ procurement organization (Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation) and BQS Institute. Multiple Cox regression (significance level 5%, hazard ratio [95% CI]) was conducted (n = 4411, isolated KTX). Results. Risk factors associated with graft-survival were donor age (1.020 [1.013–1.027] per year), donor size (0.985 [0.977–0.993] per cm), donor's creatinine at admission (1.002 [1.001–1.004] per µmol/L), donor treatment with catecholamine (0.757 [0.635–0.901]), and reduced graft-quality at procurement (1.549 [1.217–1.973]), as well as recipient age (1.012 [1.003–1.021] per year), actual panel reactive antibodies (1.007 [1.002–1.011] per percent), retransplantation (1.850 [1.484–2.306]), recipient's cardiovascular comorbidity (1.436 [1.212–1.701]), and use of IL2-receptor antibodies for induction (0.741 [0.619–0.887]). Conclusion. Some donor characteristics persist to impact graft-survival (e.g., age) while the effect of others could be mitigated by elaborate donor-recipient match and care. PMID:26539298

  17. A different and safe method of split thickness skin graft fixation: medical honey application.

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    Emsen, Ilteris Murat

    2007-09-01

    Honey has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Its antibacterial effects have been established during the past few decades. Still, modern medical practitioners hesitate to apply honey for local treatment of wounds. This may be because of the expected messiness of such local application. Hence, if honey is to be used for medicinal purposes, it has to meet certain criteria. The authors evaluated its use for the split thickness skin graft fixation because of its adhesive and other beneficial effects in 11 patients. No complications such as graft loss, infection, and graft rejection were seen. Based on these results, the authors advised honey as a new agent for split thickness skin graft fixation. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in honey wound management. There are a range of regulated wound care products that contain honey available on the Drug Tariff. This article addresses key issues associated with the use of honey, outlining how it may be best used, in which methods of split thickness skin graft fixations it may be used, and what clinical outcomes may be anticipated. For this reason, 11 patients who underwent different diagnosis were included in this study. In all the patients same medical honey was used for the fixation of the skin graft. No graft loss was seen during both the first dressing and the last view of the grafted areas. As a result, it has been shown that honey is also a very effective agent for split thickness skin graft fixations. Because it is a natural agent, it can be easily used in all skin graft operation for the fixation of the split thickness skin grafts.

  18. Differential immune response of congenic mice to ultraviolet-treated major histocompatibility complex class II-incompatible skin grafts

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    Vermeer, B.J.; Santerse, B.; Van De Kerckhove, B.A.; Schothorst, A.A.; Claas, F.H.

    1988-03-01

    The influence of ultraviolet (UVB) irradiation on the survival of H-2 class II-disparate skin grafts was studied in congenic mouse strains. Isolated skin was UVB irradiated in vitro at a dose of 40 mJ/cm/sup 2/ from both sides to remove Ia immunogenicity. Immediately after irradiation the skin was transplanted onto the flank of allogeneic mice. When B10.AQR grafts were transplanted onto B10.T(6R) recipients, a significant prolongation of the survival time was observed, while 50% of the UVB-treated grafts were not rejected at all. However, in the opposite direction--i.e., B10.T(6R) grafts onto B10.AQR recipients, no significant prolongation of the survival was observed. To test whether this effect was due to a difference in susceptibility of the donor skin to UVB irradiation or to a different immune response in the recipients, (B10.T(6R) x B10.AQR) grafts were transplanted onto the parent strains. Similar results were obtained, in that UVB-treated grafts did not show a prolonged survival in B10.AQR recipients, whereas a significant prolongation (50% of the grafts survived more than 100 days) was observed in B10.T(6R) recipients. UVB-treated (B10.T(6R) x B10.AQR)F1 grafts were also transplanted onto (B10.T(6R) x C57B1/10)F1, (B10.AQR x C57B1/10)F1, (B10.T(6R) x Balb/c)F1 and (B10.AQR x Balb/c)F1 recipients--but in none of these combinations was a prolonged survival time observed. These data suggest that, in contrast to all in vitro experiments, the abrogation of the immune response by UVB treatment of the stimulator cells is, in vivo, not a general phenomenon. The genetic constitution of the responder mice seems to play an important role in determining whether or not an immune response takes place.

  19. Factors associated with corneal graft survival in the cornea donor study.

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    Sugar, Alan; Gal, Robin L; Kollman, Craig; Raghinaru, Dan; Dontchev, Mariya; Croasdale, Christopher R; Feder, Robert S; Holland, Edward J; Lass, Jonathan H; Macy, Jonathan I; Mannis, Mark J; Smith, Patricia W; Soukiasian, Sarkis H; Beck, Roy W

    2015-03-01

    The Cornea Donor Study (CDS) showed that donor age is not a factor in survival of most penetrating keratoplasties for endothelial disease. Secondary analyses confirm the importance of surgical indication and presence of glaucoma in outcomes at 10 years. To assess the relationship between donor and recipient factors and corneal graft survival in the CDS. Multicenter prospective, double-masked, controlled clinical trial conducted at 80 clinical sites. One hundred five surgeons enrolled 1090 participants undergoing corneal transplant for a moderate-risk condition, principally Fuchs dystrophy or pseudophakic or aphakic corneal edema (PACE). Forty-three eye banks provided corneas. Corneas from donors younger than 66 years and donors 66 years or older were assigned, masked to donor age. Surgery and postoperative care were performed according to the surgeons' usual routines. Participants were followed up for as long as 12 years. Graft failure, defined as a regrafting procedure or a cloudy cornea for 3 consecutive months. The 10-year cumulative probability of graft failure was higher in participants with PACE than in those with Fuchs dystrophy (37% vs 20%; hazard ratio [HR], 2.1 [99% CI, 1.4-3.0]; P < .001) and in participants with a history of glaucoma before penetrating keratoplasty, particularly with prior glaucoma surgery (58% with prior glaucoma surgery and use of medications to lower intraocular pressure at the time of surgery vs 22% with no history of glaucoma surgery or medication use; HR, 4.1 [99% CI, 2.2-7.5]; P < .001). We found trends toward increased graft failure in recipients who were 70 years or older compared with those younger than 60 years (29% vs 19%; HR, 1.2 [99% CI, 0.7-2.1]; P = .04) or were African American (HR, 1.5; P = .11) or who had a history of smoking (35% vs 24%; HR, 1.6 [99% CI, 0.9-2.8]; P = .02). Lower endothelial cell density (ECD) and higher corneal thickness (CT) at 6 months (6% vs 41% for ECD ≥2700 vs <1700 cells

  20. Surgical issues in lung transplantation: options, donor selection, graft preservation, and airway healing.

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    Daly, R C; McGregor, C G

    1997-01-01

    To present an overview of the surgical issues in lung transplantation, including the historical context and the rationale for choosing a particular procedure for a specific patient, we reviewed and summarized the current medical literature and our personal experience. Several surgical options are available, including single lung transplantation; double lung transplantation; heart-lung transplantation; bilateral, sequential single lung transplantation; and (recently) single lobe transplantation. Although single lung transplantation is preferred for maximal use of the available organs, bilateral lung transplantation is necessary for septic lung diseases and may be appropriate for pulmonary hypertension and bullous emphysema. Heart-lung transplantation is performed for Eisenmenger's syndrome and for primary pulmonary hypertension with severe right ventricular failure. General factors for consideration in assessment of compatibility of the donor and potential recipient include ABO blood group, height (the donor should be within +/- 20% of the recipient's height), and length of the lungs (determined on an anteroposterior chest roentgenogram). Graft preservation and minimal duration of ischemia are important. Complications associated with airway healing are related to ischemia of the donor bronchus. We have addressed the issue of donor bronchial ischemia by direct revascularization of the donor bronchial arteries with use of the recipient's internal thoracic artery. Currently, lung transplantation offers a realistic therapeutic option to patients with end-stage pulmonary parenchymal or vascular disease.

  1. The Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) of Marginal Donors Allocated by Standardized Pre-Transplant Donor Biopsy Assessment: Distribution and Association with Graft Outcomes

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    Gandolfini, I.; Buzio, C.; Zanelli, P.; Palmisano, A.; Cremaschi, E.; Vaglio, A.; Piotti, G.; Melfa, L.; La Manna, G.; Feliciangeli, G.; Cappuccilli, M.; Scolari, M.P.; Capelli, I.; Panicali, L.; Baraldi, O.; Stefoni, S.; Buscaroli, A.; Ridolfi, L.; D'Errico, A.; Cappelli, G.; Bonucchi, D.; Rubbiani, E.; Albertazzi, A.; Mehrotra, A.; Cravedi, P.; Maggiore, U.

    2015-01-01

    Pre-transplant donor biopsy (PTDB)-based marginal-donor allocation systems to single or dual renal transplantation could increase the use of organs with Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) in the highest range (e.g. >80 or >90), whose discard rate approximates 50% in the US. To test this hypothesis, we retrospectively calculated the KDPI and analyzed the outcomes of 442 marginal kidney transplants (340 single transplants: 278 with a PTDB Remuzzi score <4 [median KDPI:87; interquartile range(IQR):78-94] and 62 with a score =4 [median KDPI:87; IQR:76-93]; 102 dual transplants [median KDPI: 93; IQR:86-96]) and 248 single standard transplant controls [median KDPI:36; IQR:18-51]. PTDB-based allocation of marginal grafts led to a limited discard rate of 15% for kidneys with KDPI of 80-90 and of 37% for kidneys with a KDPI of 91-100. Although 1-year eGFRs were significantly lower in recipients of marginal kidneys (-9.3, -17.9, and -18.8ml/min, for dual transplants, single kidneys with PTDB score <4, and =4, respectively; P<0.001), graft survival (median follow-up 3.3 years) was similar between marginal and standard kidney transplants (hazard ratio: 1.20 [95% confidence interval: 0.80 to 1.79; P=0.38]). In conclusion, PTDB-based allocation allows the safe transplantation of kidneys with KDPI in the highest range that may otherwise be discarded. PMID:25155294

  2. Facial resurfacing with split-thickness skin grafts in xeroderma pigmentosum variant.

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    Tayeb, Talel; Laure, Boris; Sury, Florent; Lorette, Gérard; Goga, Dominique

    2011-10-01

    Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) is a rare systemic disease which is transmitted through an incomplete sex-linked recessive gene. As a result of this, exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun causes malignant skin lesions. One of the most effective treatment options for the malignant lesions is full-face resurfacing with skin grafts. These grafts should be harvested from areas that have not been affected by UV exposure or have at least been minimally affected. The authors present a patient with XP whose face was resurfaced by split-thickness skin grafts taken from the buttocks.

  3. Frequent but late donor-directed antibody formation after kidney transplantectomy within one month after grafting.

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    Lenaers, Jo; Christiaans, Maarten; van Heurn, Ernst; van Hooff, Hans; van den Berg-Loonen, Ella

    2006-02-27

    Donor-directed antibodies (DDA) can be formed in recipients after transplantation. There is not much known about their appearance in relation to the time after transplantation, nor the duration between transplantation and failure. DDA formation was retrospectively analyzed in patients transplanted between 1992 and 2004. Thirty-two nonimmunized first transplant recipients with transplantectomy within 4 weeks (median 6 days) were analyzed. Posttransplant sera were screened for HLA class I and II by flow cytometry (FC), ELISA, and cytotoxicity. All patients except one were treated with CNI (calcineurin inhibitor)-based immunosuppression. Analysis was performed on the basis of FC results. In total, 16 of 32 patients became positive for DDA class I and/or II (50%). All antibodies were detected after transplantectomy. Class I and II antibodies were produced in 15 and 10 recipients, respectively. Multivariate regression analysis showed DDA positivity to be predicted by donor age (P=0.05). DDA were shown in patients who lost their graft due to immunological reasons but in a comparable percentage also in patients with nonimmunological graft loss. DDA after early transplantectomy appeared frequently but later than expected. In view of the growing number of marginal donors and the possible necessity of retransplantation, it is considered important to prolong the time of serum sampling and screening to at least 4 months. Immunization might escape attention when serum screening is restarted only from the time the patient is again referred to the waiting list.

  4. Survey of early complications of primary skin graft and secondary skin graft (delayed) surgery after resection of burn waste in hospitalized burn patients.

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    Enshaei, A; Masoudi, N

    2014-09-18

    Burning is the second most common cause of home injuries in Iran that is often the cause of conflicts between children and young adults. Burning can lead to early and late complications that scar and contracture are the most common. Burn waste treatment is done by two methods: excision and then skin graft after the formation of granulation tissue; and excision and graft simultaneously that in this study, these two methods are compared. This was performed as a quasi-experimental analysis and retrospective study on all patients who were hospitalized for burn scar. All patients who have associated with weak eningimmune diseases such as diabetes, acquired immunodeficiency or congenital, taking steroids and patients undergoing chemotherapy etc. are excluded. The method of grafting in patients is primary graft procedure that was compared with patients who are treated using secondary graft. Data collected through review of patients' hospital and clinic chart. The mean burn percentage in the primary repair group was 14.4% and in the delayed repair group was 16.6%, respectively. The incidence of hematoma in both groups was zero. Skin necrosis and graft rejection and infection in the primary repair group was in 3.7% of patients and in the delayed repair group was in 1.2% of cases (P=0.5) CONCLUSION: Based on the findings of this study, no difference was observed between the two methods of excision and primary graft with delayed graft in the incidence of graft rejection. Due to the shorter treatment of primary graft and patient satisfaction and also according to the findings of this study excision and primary graft method seems appropriate method for treating old waste burning. 

  5. Decrease in 1-year Kidney Graft Size Predicts Inferior Outcomes After Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation.

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    Černe, Senka; Arnol, Miha; Kandus, Aljoša; Buturović-Ponikvar, Jadranka

    2016-08-01

    Longest bipolar length of the kidney graft is routinely measured for ultrasonographic assessment of graft size (GS), although the value of the graft length remains unclear. In a single-center, observational study involving 319 deceased-donor kidney transplant recipients, we assessed variations in absolute and adjusted GS (corrected for body surface area) between 1 and 12 months after transplantation ([INCREMENT]GS1m→12m). We tested whether variations in GS during the first year were predictive of the composite outcome of a reduction of 50% or more in the estimated glomerular filtration rate or end-stage graft failure. At 1 year after transplantation, 121 patients (38%) had a decrease in GS ([INCREMENT]GS1m→12m <0), and 198 patients (62%) had an increase in GS ([INCREMENT]GS1m→12m ≥0). After a median follow-up of 53 months, 41 patients with a decrease in GS reached the composite outcome as compared with 12 patients with an increase in GS (34% and 6%, respectively; P < 0.001). Areas under the receiver operating characteristics curves of absolute and adjusted [INCREMENT]GS1m→12m for composite outcome were 0.81 (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.74-0.88) and 0.78 (95% CI, 0.70-0.86), respectively. In multivariate analysis, the risk of the composite outcome was significantly higher among patients with a decrease in GS during the first year after transplantation (hazard ratio, 4.55; 95% CI, 2.35-8.81; P < 0.001). A decrease in kidney GS during the first year after transplantation, as compared with an increase in GS, is a powerful predictor of subsequent graft dysfunction or end-stage graft failure.

  6. Normothermic Machine Perfusion of Deceased Donor Liver Grafts Is Associated With Improved Postreperfusion Hemodynamics

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    Angelico, Roberta; Perera, M. Thamara P. R; Ravikumar, Reena; Holroyd, David; Coussios, Constantin; Mergental, Hynek; Isaac, John R.; Iqbal, Asim; Cilliers, Hentie; Muiesan, Paolo; Friend, Peter J.; Mirza, Darius F.

    2016-01-01

    Background Graft reperfusion poses a critical challenge during liver transplantation and can be associated with hemodynamic instability/postreperfusion syndrome. This is sequel to ischemia-reperfusion injury and normothermic machine preservation (NMP) may affect hemodynamic changes. Herein, we characterize postreperfusion hemodynamics in liver grafts after NMP and traditional cold preservation. Materials and methods Intraoperative records of patients receiving grafts after NMP (n = 6; NMP group) and cold storage (CS) (n = 12; CS group) were compared. The mean arterial pressure (MAP) was defined as the average pressure in the radial artery during 1 cardiac cycle by invasive monitoring. Postreperfusion syndrome was defined as MAP drop greater than 30% of baseline, lasting for 1 minute or longer within the first 5 minutes from graft reperfusion. Results Donor, recipient, demographics, and surgical parameters were evenly matched. Normothermic machine preservation grafts were perfused for 525 minutes (395-605 minutes) after initial cold ischemic time of 91 minutes (73-117 minutes), whereas in CS group cold ischemic time was 456 minutes (347-685 minutes) (P = 0.001). None developed postreperfusion syndrome in the NMP group against n = 2 (16.7%) in CS group (P = 0.529). Normothermic machine preservation group had better intraoperative MAP at 90 minutes postreperfusion (P = 0.029), achieved with a significantly less vasopressor requirement (P = <0.05) and less transfusion of blood products (P = 0.030) compared with CS group. Conclusions Normothermic machine perfusion is associated with a stable intraoperative hemodynamic profile postreperfusion, requiring significantly less vasopressor infusions and blood product transfusion after graft reperfusion and may have benefit to alleviate ischemia-reperfusion injury in liver transplantation. PMID:27795989

  7. Renal mass dosing and graft function in children transplanted from pediatric donors.

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    de Petris, L; Faraggiana, Tullio; Rizzoni, Gianfranco

    2002-06-01

    It has been suggested that "renal mass dosing" may affect graft evolution. Between 1993 and 1999, 43 children, aged 4-17 years, received 43 pediatric cadaveric grafts. The ratio between graft volume (calculated by ultrasound within the first 24 h from transplantation, by ellipsoid formula) and the recipient's body surface area (BSA) ranged between 14.1 and 110 ml/m(2). Three groups were identified: group 1, 14-29 ml/m(2) (13 patients); group 2, 30-39 ml/m(2) (16 patients); group 3, 40-110 ml/m(2) (14 patients). As a consequence of the different renal volume increments in the three groups during the first year after transplant, no differences in the absolute renal volume were observed at the end of follow-up. The average follow-up was 38 months (range 12-80). In the 37 routine graft biopsies, performed on average 13 months after transplantation and with more than five glomeruli, maximum mean glomerular diameters were mostly above normal values. There were no significant differences among the three groups. At the end of follow-up, the three groups did not differ in microalbuminuria, proteinuria, glomerular function or in incidence of hypertension. From this retrospective study, we conclude that the very wide range of renal mass dosing did not cause differences in medium-term graft evolution. A longer follow-up will be necessary to ascertain the possible influence of disproportion between pediatric donors and recipients, on a long-term graft outcome.

  8. Recurrence of keratoconus characteristics: a clinical and histologic follow-up analysis of donor grafts.

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    Bourges, Jean-Louis; Savoldelli, Michèle; Dighiero, Paul; Assouline, Michael; Pouliquen, Yves; BenEzra, David; Renard, Gilles; Behar-Cohen, Francine

    2003-10-01

    To report on clinical corneal topography, histopathologic analysis, and fine structure findings in failed grafts after penetrating keratoplasty (PK) for keratoconus (KC). Retrospective, consecutive, interventional case series with histologic and clinical correlation. Twelve corneal buttons were obtained from consecutive patients undergoing repeated PK 10 to 28 years after the initial PK for KC. The indication for regrafting was endothelial deficiency in seven cases, irreversible immune graft rejection in two cases, and corneal ectasia in three cases. Removed corneal buttons were examined by light and transmission electron microscopy. A potential correlation between the clinical and videokeratoscopic findings and the microscopic structural observations was analyzed. Preoperative simulated keratometry measured by TMS-1 (Tomey, New York, NY) or EyeSys CAS (EyeSys Technology, Houston, TX) ranged from 49.8 to 66.1 diopters. A pattern compatible with KC characteristics was observed in all cases. Fine structure analysis revealed Bowman's layer disruption or folds and stromal deposits in all corneal buttons. However, central corneal thinning was not present in any of the removed buttons. Structure changes compatible with the diagnosis of KC were observed in all donor buttons many years after PK on KC recipients. Recurrence of the KC characteristics may result from graft repopulation by recipients' keratocytes, aging of the grafted tissue, or both.

  9. Influence of donor specific HLA antibodies detected by Luminex in kidney graft survival: a multivariate analysis.

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    Caro-Oleas, J L; González-Escribano, M F; Gentil-Govantes, M A; Acevedo, M J; González-Roncero, F M; Bernal-Blanco, G; Núñez-Roldán, A

    2013-05-01

    Some studies have demonstrated the clinical relevance of a positive virtual crossmatch in graft survival; nevertheless, other donor and recipient variables influence the outcome of the transplant. The aim of this study was to investigate the relevance of a positive virtual crossmatch in the graft survival performing a multivariate analysis including other pretransplant variables. A total of 879 deceased kidney transplantations were included. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed using Cox regression model. After performing the multivariate analysis, a positive virtual crossmatch against class I (adjusted HR 6.613; 95% CI 3.222-13.573), class II (adjusted HR 2.419; 95% CI 1.170-5.002) and class I+II (adjusted HR 5.717; 95% CI 1.925-16.975) detected by single antigen Luminex was the variable conferring the greatest relative risk of graft loss. A positive virtual crossmatch predicts a worse kidney graft survival even after correction by other variables and therefore, transplantation of patients with positive virtual crossmatches should be avoided. Copyright © 2013 American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Donor-specific HLA antibodies and graft function in children after renal transplantation.

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    Miettinen, Jenni; Peräsaari, Juha; Lauronen, Jouni; Qvist, Erik; Valta, Helena; Pakarinen, Mikko; Merenmies, Jussi; Jalanko, Hannu

    2012-06-01

    The presence of circulating donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies (HLA-DSA) has been associated with chronic antibody-mediated rejection, leading to progressive graft dysfunction and poor graft survival.The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and significance of HLA-DSA in paediatric renal transplantation(RTx) patients. A total of 294 post-transplant serum samples from 123 RTx patients were retrospectively analysed for HLA antibodies. Positive samples were further tested for HLADSA by a Luminex Single Antigen bead assay. The antibody findings were correlated to measured glomerular filtration rate(GFR) and clinical outcome. HLA antibodies were detected in half of the routine samples (140/294) taken 1 month to 10 years after RTx, and 40% (62/140) of these were HLA-DSA. Overall, one-third(42/123) of the patients had HLA-DSA, which mostly(65%) reacted against class II antigens. Detection of HLADSA was not associated with poor GFR at the time of sampling, and no exceptional deterioration of GFR after the HLA-DSA detection was noted in individual patients regardless of the antibody level. The presence of HLA-DSA in the first 2 years posttransplantation was not associated with poorer graft function later on. Detection of HLA antibodies is common in children after RTx, and this finding, as such, does not predict any deterioration of graft function.

  11. Influence of delayed graft function and acute rejection on outcomes after kidney transplantation from donors after cardiac death.

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    Nagaraja, Pramod; Roberts, Gareth W; Stephens, Michael; Horvath, Szabolcs; Fialova, Jana; Chavez, Rafael; Asderakis, Argiris; Kaposztas, Zsolt

    2012-12-27

    Delayed graft function (DGF) and acute rejection (AR) exert an adverse impact on graft outcomes after kidney transplantation using organs from donation after brain-stem death (DBD) donors. Here, we examine the impact of DGF and AR on graft survival in kidney transplants using organs from donation after cardiac death (DCD) donors. We conducted a single-center retrospective study of DCD and DBD donor kidney transplants. We compared 1- and 4-year graft and patient survival rates, as well as death-censored graft survival (DCGS) rates, between the two groups using univariate analysis, and the impact of DGF and AR on graft function was compared using multivariate analysis. Eighty DCD and 206 DBD donor transplants were analyzed. Median follow-up was 4.5 years. The incidence of DGF was higher among DCD recipients (73% vs. 27%, P<0.001), and AR was higher among DBD recipients (23% vs. 9%, P<0.001). One-year and 4-year graft survival rates were similar (DCD 94% and 79% vs. DBD 90% and 82%). Among recipients with DGF, the 4-year DCGS rate was better for DCD recipients compared with DBD recipients (100% vs. 92%, P=0.04). Neither DGF nor AR affected the 1-year graft survival rate in DCD recipients, whereas in DBD recipients, the 1-year graft survival rate was worse in the presence of DGF (88% vs. 96%, P=0.04) and the 4-year DCGS rate was worse in the presence of AR (88% vs. 96%, P=0.04). Despite the high incidence of DGF, medium-term outcomes of DCD kidney transplants are comparable to those from DBD transplants. Short-term graft survival from DCD transplants is not adversely influenced by DGF and AR, unlike in DBD transplants.

  12. Negative pressure wound therapy using polyvinyl alcohol foam to bolster full-thickness mesh skin grafts in dogs.

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    Or, Matan; Van Goethem, Bart; Kitshoff, Adriaan; Koenraadt, Annika; Schwarzkopf, Ilona; Bosmans, Tim; de Rooster, Hilde

    2017-04-01

    To report the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) foam to bolster full-thickness mesh skin grafts in dogs. Retrospective case series. Client-owned dogs (n = 8). Full-thickness mesh skin graft was directly covered with PVA foam. NPWT was maintained for 5 days (in 1 or 2 cycles). Grafts were evaluated on days 2, 5, 10, 15, and 30 for graft appearance and graft take, granulation tissue formation, and complications. Firm attachment of the graft to the recipient bed was accomplished in 7 dogs with granulation tissue quickly filling the mesh holes, and graft take considered excellent. One dog had bandage complications after cessation of the NPWT, causing partial graft loss. The PVA foam did not adhere to the graft or damage the surrounding skin. The application of NPWT with a PVA foam after full-thickness mesh skin grafting in dogs provides an effective method for securing skin grafts, with good graft acceptance. PVA foam can be used as a primary dressing for skin grafts, obviating the need for other interposing materials to protect the graft and the surrounding skin. © 2017 The American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

  13. Living kidney donor estimated glomerular filtration rate and recipient graft survival.

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    Young, Ann; Kim, S Joseph; Garg, Amit X; Huang, Anjie; Knoll, Greg; Prasad, G V Ramesh; Treleaven, Darin; Lok, Charmaine E

    2014-01-01

    Kidney transplants from living donors with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) < 80 mL/min per 1.73 m(2) may be at risk for increased graft loss compared with a recipient who receives a kidney from a living donor with a higher eGFR. This retrospective cohort study considered 2057 living kidney donors and their recipients from July 1993 to March 2010 at five centres in Ontario, Canada, and linked them to population-based, universal healthcare databases. Recipients were divided into five groups based on their donor's baseline eGFR. The median (inter-quartile range) for the lowest eGFR group was 73 (68-77) mL/min per 1.73 m(2). Subjects were followed for a median of 6 years (IQR: 3-10 years). There was no significant difference in the adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for graft loss when comparing recipients in each eGFR category to the referent group (≥110 mL/min per 1.73 m(2)). The adjusted HRs (95% CI) from the lowest (<80 mL/min per 1.73 m(2)) to highest (100-109.9 mL/min per 1.73 m(2)) eGFR categories were 1.27 (0.84-1.92), 1.43 (0.96-2.14), 1.23 (0.86-1.77) and 1.23 (0.85-1.77), respectively. Similar results were observed when dichotomizing the baseline donor eGFR using a cut-point of 80 mL/min per 1.73 m(2)-adjusted HR 1.01 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) (0.76-1.44)]. Further research in this setting should clarify whether additional tests (i.e. measured GFR) should be performed in potential donors whose eGFR is considered borderline, whether eGFR values should be standardized to body surface area, and the outcomes for donors after nephrectomy.

  14. Improved Survival After Transplantation of More Donor Plasmacytoid Dendritic or Naïve T Cells From Unrelated-Donor Marrow Grafts: Results From BMTCTN 0201

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    Waller, Edmund K.; Logan, Brent R.; Harris, Wayne A.C.; Devine, Steven M.; Porter, David L.; Mineishi, Shin; McCarty, John M.; Gonzalez, Corina E.; Spitzer, Thomas R.; Krijanovski, Oleg I.; Linenberger, Michael L.; Woolfrey, Ann; Howard, Alan; Wu, Juan; Confer, Dennis L.; Anasetti, Claudio

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To characterize relationships between specific immune cell subsets in bone marrow (BM) or granulocyte colony-stimulating factor–mobilized peripheral blood (PB) stem cells collected from unrelated donors and clinical outcomes of patients undergoing transplantation in BMTCTN 0201. Patients and Methods Fresh aliquots of 161 BM and 147 PB stem-cell allografts from North American donors randomly assigned to donate BM or PB stem cells and numbers of transplanted cells were correlated with overall survival (OS), relapse, and graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). Results Patients with evaluable grafts were similar to all BMTCTN 0201 patients. The numbers of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) and naïve T cells (Tns) in BM allografts were independently associated with OS in multivariable analyses including recipient and donor characteristics, such as human leukocyte antigen mismatch, age, and use of antithymocyte globulin. BM recipients of > median number of pDCs, naïve CD8+ T cells (CD8Tns), or naïve CD4+ T cells (CD4Tns) had better 3-year OS (pDCs, 56% v 35%; P = .025; CD8Tns, 56% v 37%; P = .012; CD4Tns, 55% v 37%; P = .009). Transplantation of more BM Tns was associated with less grade 3 to 4 acute GvHD but similar rates of relapse. Transplantation of more BM pDCs was associated with fewer deaths resulting from GvHD or from graft rejection. Analysis of PB grafts did not identify a donor cell subset significantly associated with OS, relapse, or GvHD. Conclusion Donor immune cells in BM but not PB stem-cell grafts were associated with survival after unrelated-donor allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. The biologic activity of donor immune cells in allogeneic transplantation varied between graft sources. Donor grafts with more BM-derived Tns and pDCs favorably regulated post-transplantation immunity in allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. PMID:24982459

  15. Improved survival after transplantation of more donor plasmacytoid dendritic or naïve T cells from unrelated-donor marrow grafts: results from BMTCTN 0201.

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    Waller, Edmund K; Logan, Brent R; Harris, Wayne A C; Devine, Steven M; Porter, David L; Mineishi, Shin; McCarty, John M; Gonzalez, Corina E; Spitzer, Thomas R; Krijanovski, Oleg I; Linenberger, Michael L; Woolfrey, Ann; Howard, Alan; Wu, Juan; Confer, Dennis L; Anasetti, Claudio

    2014-08-01

    To characterize relationships between specific immune cell subsets in bone marrow (BM) or granulocyte colony-stimulating factor-mobilized peripheral blood (PB) stem cells collected from unrelated donors and clinical outcomes of patients undergoing transplantation in BMTCTN 0201. Fresh aliquots of 161 BM and 147 PB stem-cell allografts from North American donors randomly assigned to donate BM or PB stem cells and numbers of transplanted cells were correlated with overall survival (OS), relapse, and graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). Patients with evaluable grafts were similar to all BMTCTN 0201 patients. The numbers of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) and naïve T cells (Tns) in BM allografts were independently associated with OS in multivariable analyses including recipient and donor characteristics, such as human leukocyte antigen mismatch, age, and use of antithymocyte globulin. BM recipients of > median number of pDCs, naïve CD8(+) T cells (CD8Tns), or naïve CD4(+) T cells (CD4Tns) had better 3-year OS (pDCs, 56% v 35%; P = .025; CD8Tns, 56% v 37%; P = .012; CD4Tns, 55% v 37%; P = .009). Transplantation of more BM Tns was associated with less grade 3 to 4 acute GvHD but similar rates of relapse. Transplantation of more BM pDCs was associated with fewer deaths resulting from GvHD or from graft rejection. Analysis of PB grafts did not identify a donor cell subset significantly associated with OS, relapse, or GvHD. Donor immune cells in BM but not PB stem-cell grafts were associated with survival after unrelated-donor allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. The biologic activity of donor immune cells in allogeneic transplantation varied between graft sources. Donor grafts with more BM-derived Tns and pDCs favorably regulated post-transplantation immunity in allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. © 2014 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.

  16. Donor lymphocyte infusions in AML and MDS: Enhancing the graft-versus-leukemia effect.

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    Orti, Guillermo; Barba, Pere; Fox, Laura; Salamero, Olga; Bosch, Francesc; Valcarcel, David

    2017-04-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) represents the only curative therapy for many haematological malignancies. Its curative potential is mostly attributed to the graft-versus-leukemia effect (GvL), which is mainly driven by donor T-cells. Donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI), likewise a second allo-HCT, have become a standard approach to treat AML and MDS relapses post allo-HCT. Although DLI have been used in this setting for decades, its effectivity and toxicity are still unpredictable in many patients. Over these recent years, new DLI strategies and therapies have been developed for AML and MDS. In this review, we will overview the recent use of DLI for AML and MDS, with up to date information from novel studies and research lines.

  17. Donor CD19-CAR T Cells Exert Potent Graft-versus-Lymphoma Activity With Diminished Graft-versus-Host Activity

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    Ghosh, Arnab; Smith, Melody; James, Scott E.; Davila, Marco L.; Velardi, Enrico; Argyropoulos, Kimon V.; Gunset, Gertrude; Perna, Fabiana; Kreines, Fabiana M.; Levy, Emily R.; Lieberman, Sophie; Jay, Hilary; Tuckett, Andrea Z.; Zakrzewski, Johannes L.; Tan, Lisa; Young, Lauren F.; Takvorian, Kate; Dudakov, Jarrod A.; Jenq, Robert R.; Hanash, Alan M.; Motta, Ana Carolina F.; Murphy, George F.; Liu, Chen; Schietinger, Andrea; Sadelain, Michel; van den Brink, Marcel R.M.

    2017-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is a potentially curative therapy for hematological malignancies. However, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and relapse after allo-HSCT remain major impediments. Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) direct tumor cell recognition of adoptively transferred T cells.1–5 CD19 is an attractive CAR target, expressed in most B cell malignancies as well as normal B cells.6,7 Clinical trails using autologous CD19-targeted T cells have shown remarkable outcomes in various B cell malignancies8–15. The use of allogeneic CAR T cells poses a concern of increased GVHD, which however has not been reported in selected patients infused with donor-derived CD19-CAR T cells after allo-HSCT.16,17 To understand the mechanism whereby allogeneic CD19-CAR T cells may mediate anti-lymphoma activity without significant GVHD, we studied donor-derived CD19-CAR T cells in allo-HSCT and lymphoma models in mice. We demonstrate that alloreactive T cells expressing CD28-costimulated CD19-CARs experienced enhanced T cell stimulation, resulting in progressive loss of effector function and proliferative potential, clonal deletion, and significantly decreased GVHD. Concurrently, other CAR T cells present in bulk donor T cell populations retained their anti-lymphoma activity consistent with the requirement for engaging both the TCR and the CAR to accelerate T cell exhaustion. In contrast, first generation and 4-1BB-costimulated CARs increased GVHD. These findings could explain reduced risk of GVHD with cumulative TCR and CAR signaling. PMID:28067900

  18. Donor CD19 CAR T cells exert potent graft-versus-lymphoma activity with diminished graft-versus-host activity.

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    Ghosh, Arnab; Smith, Melody; James, Scott E; Davila, Marco L; Velardi, Enrico; Argyropoulos, Kimon V; Gunset, Gertrude; Perna, Fabiana; Kreines, Fabiana M; Levy, Emily R; Lieberman, Sophie; Jay, Hillary V; Tuckett, Andrea Z; Zakrzewski, Johannes L; Tan, Lisa; Young, Lauren F; Takvorian, Kate; Dudakov, Jarrod A; Jenq, Robert R; Hanash, Alan M; Motta, Ana Carolina F; Murphy, George F; Liu, Chen; Schietinger, Andrea; Sadelain, Michel; van den Brink, Marcel R M

    2017-02-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is a potentially curative therapy for hematological malignancies. However, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and relapse after allo-HSCT remain major impediments to the success of allo-HSCT. Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) direct tumor cell recognition of adoptively transferred T cells. CD19 is an attractive CAR target, which is expressed in most B cell malignancies, as well as in healthy B cells. Clinical trials using autologous CD19-targeted T cells have shown remarkable promise in various B cell malignancies. However, the use of allogeneic CAR T cells poses a concern in that it may increase risk of the occurrence of GVHD, although this has not been reported in selected patients infused with donor-derived CD19 CAR T cells after allo-HSCT. To understand the mechanism whereby allogeneic CD19 CAR T cells may mediate anti-lymphoma activity without causing a significant increase in the incidence of GVHD, we studied donor-derived CD19 CAR T cells in allo-HSCT and lymphoma models in mice. We demonstrate that alloreactive T cells expressing CD28-costimulated CD19 CARs experience enhanced stimulation, resulting in the progressive loss of both their effector function and proliferative potential, clonal deletion, and significantly decreased occurrence of GVHD. Concurrently, the other CAR T cells that were present in bulk donor T cell populations retained their anti-lymphoma activity in accordance with the requirement that both the T cell receptor (TCR) and CAR be engaged to accelerate T cell exhaustion. In contrast, first-generation and 4-1BB-costimulated CAR T cells increased the occurrence of GVHD. These findings could explain the reduced risk of GVHD occurring with cumulative TCR and CAR signaling.

  19. Programmed death ligand-1 expression on donor T cells drives graft-versus-host disease lethality

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    O’Connor, Roddy S.; Thangavelu, Govindarajan; Lovitch, Scott B.; Dandamudi, Durga Bhavani; Vincent, Benjamin G.; Tkachev, Victor; Pawlicki, Jan M.; Furlan, Scott N.; Kean, Leslie S.; Aoyama, Kazutoshi; Taylor, Patricia A.; Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Angela; Foncea, Rocio; Ranganathan, Parvathi; Devine, Steven M.; Burrill, Joel S.; Guo, Lili; Sacristan, Catarina; Snyder, Nathaniel W.; Blair, Ian A.; Milone, Michael C.; Dustin, Michael L.; Riley, James L.; Bernlohr, David A.; Murphy, William J.; Fife, Brian T.; Munn, David H.; Miller, Jeffrey S.; Serody, Jonathan S.; Freeman, Gordon J.; Sharpe, Arlene H.; Turka, Laurence A.

    2016-01-01

    Programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) interaction with PD-1 induces T cell exhaustion and is a therapeutic target to enhance immune responses against cancer and chronic infections. In murine bone marrow transplant models, PD-L1 expression on host target tissues reduces the incidence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). PD-L1 is also expressed on T cells; however, it is unclear whether PD-L1 on this population influences immune function. Here, we examined the effects of PD-L1 modulation of T cell function in GVHD. In patients with severe GVHD, PD-L1 expression was increased on donor T cells. Compared with mice that received WT T cells, GVHD was reduced in animals that received T cells from Pdl1–/– donors. PD-L1–deficient T cells had reduced expression of gut homing receptors, diminished production of inflammatory cytokines, and enhanced rates of apoptosis. Moreover, multiple bioenergetic pathways, including aerobic glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation, and fatty acid metabolism, were also reduced in T cells lacking PD-L1. Finally, the reduction of acute GVHD lethality in mice that received Pdl1–/– donor cells did not affect graft-versus-leukemia responses. These data demonstrate that PD-L1 selectively enhances T cell–mediated immune responses, suggesting a context-dependent function of the PD-1/PD-L1 axis, and suggest selective inhibition of PD-L1 on donor T cells as a potential strategy to prevent or ameliorate GVHD. PMID:27294527

  20. Programmed death ligand-1 expression on donor T cells drives graft-versus-host disease lethality.

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    Saha, Asim; O'Connor, Roddy S; Thangavelu, Govindarajan; Lovitch, Scott B; Dandamudi, Durga Bhavani; Wilson, Caleph B; Vincent, Benjamin G; Tkachev, Victor; Pawlicki, Jan M; Furlan, Scott N; Kean, Leslie S; Aoyama, Kazutoshi; Taylor, Patricia A; Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Angela; Foncea, Rocio; Ranganathan, Parvathi; Devine, Steven M; Burrill, Joel S; Guo, Lili; Sacristan, Catarina; Snyder, Nathaniel W; Blair, Ian A; Milone, Michael C; Dustin, Michael L; Riley, James L; Bernlohr, David A; Murphy, William J; Fife, Brian T; Munn, David H; Miller, Jeffrey S; Serody, Jonathan S; Freeman, Gordon J; Sharpe, Arlene H; Turka, Laurence A; Blazar, Bruce R

    2016-07-01

    Programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) interaction with PD-1 induces T cell exhaustion and is a therapeutic target to enhance immune responses against cancer and chronic infections. In murine bone marrow transplant models, PD-L1 expression on host target tissues reduces the incidence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). PD-L1 is also expressed on T cells; however, it is unclear whether PD-L1 on this population influences immune function. Here, we examined the effects of PD-L1 modulation of T cell function in GVHD. In patients with severe GVHD, PD-L1 expression was increased on donor T cells. Compared with mice that received WT T cells, GVHD was reduced in animals that received T cells from Pdl1-/- donors. PD-L1-deficient T cells had reduced expression of gut homing receptors, diminished production of inflammatory cytokines, and enhanced rates of apoptosis. Moreover, multiple bioenergetic pathways, including aerobic glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation, and fatty acid metabolism, were also reduced in T cells lacking PD-L1. Finally, the reduction of acute GVHD lethality in mice that received Pdl1-/- donor cells did not affect graft-versus-leukemia responses. These data demonstrate that PD-L1 selectively enhances T cell-mediated immune responses, suggesting a context-dependent function of the PD-1/PD-L1 axis, and suggest selective inhibition of PD-L1 on donor T cells as a potential strategy to prevent or ameliorate GVHD.

  1. Fibrin sealant fixation of a skin graft in mandibular vestibuloplasty. Case report.

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    Yaman, Z

    1998-08-01

    Fibrin sealant fixation of a skin graft without the use of sutures or a stent in mandibular vestibuloplasty is presented in this case report. The advantages of the fibrin sealant in preprosthetic surgery are discussed.

  2. Skin grafting for necrotizing fasciitis in a child with nephrotic syndrome.

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    Bagri, Narendra; Saha, Abhijeet; Dubey, Nandkishore K; Rai, Ashish; Bhattacharya, Sameek

    2013-11-01

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare complication of nephrotic syndrome in children, with a high mortality rate. We report a case with successful outcome with judicious intravenous antibiotics and skin grafting of the bilateral lower thighs.

  3. Lethal graft-versus-host disease: modification with allogeneic cultured donor cells.

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    Mauch, P; Lipton, J M; Hamilton, B; Obbagy, J; Kudisch, M; Nathan, D; Hellman, S

    1984-05-01

    The use of the bone marrow culture technique was studied as a means to prepare donor marrow for bone marrow transplantation to avoid lethal graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Preliminary experiments demonstrated the rapid loss of theta-positive cells in such cultures, so that theta-positive cells were not detected after 6 days. Initial experiments in C3H/HeJ (H-2k, Hbbd) recipients prepared with 900 rad demonstrated improved survival when 3-day cultured C57BL/6 (H-2b, Hbbs) donor cells were used in place of hind limb marrow for transplantation. However, hemoglobin typing of recipient animals revealed only short-term donor engraftment, with competitive repopulation of recipient marrow occurring. Subsequent experiments were done in 1,200-rad prepared recipients, with long-term donor engraftment demonstrated. The majority of 1,200-rad prepared animals receiving cultured allogeneic cells died of GVHD, but animals receiving 28-day cultured cells had an improved 90-day survival and a delay in GVHD development over animals receiving hind limb marrow or marrow from shorter times in culture. In addition, animals receiving anti-theta-treated, 3-day nonadherent cells had an improved survival (44%) over animals receiving anti-theta-treated hind limb marrow (20%). These experiments demonstrate modest benefit for the use of cultured cells in bone marrow transplantation across major H-2 histocompatibility complex differences.

  4. Skin grafting in severely contracted socket with the use of 'Compo'.

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    Betharia, S M; Kanthamani; Prakash, H; Kumar, S

    1990-01-01

    The results of split thickness autologous skin grafting along with the use of a dental impression material (Compo), a thermoplastic substance are presented in a series of 11 patients of acquired, severely contracted, anophthalmic sockets. Only the fornix fixation sutures and the central tarsorrhaphy were employed for the proper placement of graft without the use of retention devices. Artificial eyes were successfully fitted and retained subsequently after 6 weeks of grafting.

  5. [Interleukin 8 concentrations in donor bronchoalveolar lavage: impact on primary graft failure in double lung transplant].

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    Almenar, María; Cerón, José; Gómez, M A Dolores; Peñalver, Juan C; Jiménez, M A José; Padilla, José

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine concentrations of interleukin 8 (IL-8) in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from donor lungs and assess the role of IL-8 levels in the development of primary graft failure. Twenty patients who received a double lung transplant were studied. A series of data, including BAL fluid concentrations of IL-8, were collected for the donors. Data collected for the recipients included arterial blood gases after 6, 24, and 48 hours, and intubation time. Patients with a ratio of PaO(2) to the fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO(2)) of less than 300 during the first 48 hours were diagnosed with primary graft failure. IL-8 levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Associations between the donor variables and IL-8 concentrations were evaluated using the Spearman rank correlation coefficient (rho) and the Mann-Whitney test for categorical and continuous variables, respectively. Logistic regression was used for multivariate analysis. Fifteen of the 20 donors were men. The cause of brain death was trauma in 9 donors, 7 were smokers, 13 required inotropic support, and pathogens were isolated in the BAL fluid of 18. The median age was 35 years (interquartile range [IQR], 23.5-51.25y), the median ventilation time was 1 day (IQR, 1-2d), the median PaO(2)/FiO(2) was 459.5 (IQR, 427-510.25), and the median IL-8 concentration in BAL fluid was 49.01ng/L (IQR, 7.86-94.05ng/mL). Ten of the recipients were men and the median age was 48.43 years (IQR, 25.4-56.81y). The median ischemic time was 210 minutes (IQR, 176.25-228.75 min) for the first lung and 300 minutes (IQR, 273.75-333.73 min) for the second lung. The median PaO(2)/FiO(2) ratio for the implant at 6, 14, and 48 hours was 329 (IQR, 190.25-435), 363.5 (IQR, 249-434.75), and 370.5 (IQR, 243.25-418.25), respectively. The median intubation time was 39.5 hours (IQR, 19.25-68.5h) and the correlation with IL-8 values was positive: higher IL-8 concentrations in BAL fluid

  6. Decreasing Skin Graft Contraction through Topical Wound Bed Preparation with Anti-Inflammatory Agents

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    2016-10-01

    inflammatory agents - Wound healing -Contraction ACCOMPLISHMENTS: What were the major goals of the project? Develop treatments that modulate...1 AD _____________________ (Leave blank) Award Number: W81XWH-14-2-0153 TITLE: Decreasing Skin Graft Contraction through Topical Wound Bed...TYPE Annual 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 15 Sep 2015 - 14 Sep 2016 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Decreasing Skin Graft Contraction through Topical Wound Bed

  7. Influence of body mass index on skin grafting in pediatric burns.

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    Sharp, Nicole E; Thomas, Priscilla G; Sherman, Ashley K; St Peter, Shawn D; Juang, David

    2015-03-01

    There is heterogeneous literature on the association of obese and underweight body habitus on burn outcomes in adult and pediatric literature. We examine the effect of standardized pediatric body mass index (BMI) categories skin graft utilisation. A retrospective chart review was performed on children who underwent burn treatment from January 1995 to November 2011. BMI was categorized by standard definitions: underweight (<5%), normal (5-85%), overweight (85-95%), obese (>95%). There were 1164 patients: 77 underweight, 604 normal, 215 overweight, and 268 obese patients. No differences existed between group demographics. Grafts were performed in 39% of underweight, 27% of normal, 22% of overweight, and 27% of obese patients. Underweight children had nearly a 2 fold increase in their risk of full thickness burns and were 1.8 times more likely to undergo skin grafting than normal BMI children. Overweight children had a significant decrease in the incidence skin grafting by 23% then compared to normal weight children. There were no differences in percent TBSA burned or percent TBSA grafted using ANOVA. Underweight pediatric burn victims have an increased risk for skin grafting while mildly overweight children are slightly protected from skin grafting. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  8. Interforaminal implant therapy using a split skin graft--treatment outcome after 13 years.

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    Karl, Matthias; Fenner, Matthias; Amann, Kerstin; Heckmann, Josef G; Wichmann, Manfred G; Heckmann, Siegfried M

    2009-03-01

    In implant patients who have extended soft tissue deficiencies, split skin grafts have been performed for the prevention of peri-implant inflammation. The aim of this investigation was to assess a patient who received 2 interforaminal implants and a split skin graft 13 years prior. In addition to clinical, mycologic, and radiographic examinations, the condition of the split skin graft was evaluated using histologic analysis of 3 punch biopsies taken from the mucosa, grafted area, and border between both areas. The implants were found to have an overall good clinical condition. Fungal infection was not present. The histologic analysis revealed inflammation-free mucosal and submucosal tissue in all samples. In the area of the skin graft, the mucosa was not keratinized and showed an increased thickness of the submucosal connective tissue. For the patient under examination, an acceptable level of oral rehabilitation was achieved using a split skin graft. The follow-up investigation showed stable conditions for both the implants and the graft.

  9. Autogenous skin and fascia grafts as topical hemostatic agents in splenic injuries.

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    Eitan, A; Munichor, M; Barzilai, A

    1989-01-01

    Splenic salvage techniques were developed since the immunologic importance of the spleen has been recognized. Various synthetic products, such as Avitan, Collastat Gel foam, Superstat, Thrombostat, were used and lately even pig skin was tested for its hemostatic ability. In this study, a canine splenic bleeding model was used to test autologous split-thickness skin-graft hemostatic effect, compared to pig skin, human skin and canine fascia. Lyophilized pig skin was tested on 12 splenic wounds, lyophilized human skin on 10, canine skin on 10, canine fascia on 10 and simple pad gauze on 10 other splenic wounds. Each animal served as its own control. Pig skin was more effective than canine skin (p less than 0.01), but the canine skin was more effective than human skin (p less than 0.01) and canine fascia (p less than 0.05). Long-term implantation of the canine skin graft caused fibrosis and epidermoid cyst formation, but they were of no clinical significance in the dog. In conclusion, autologous split thickness graft, always at hand, was found to be an effective hemostatic procedure and proved to be safe in the dog.

  10. A Simple Strategy in Avulsion Flap Injury: Prediction of Flap Viability Using Wood's Lamp Illumination and Resurfacing with a Full-thickness Skin Graft

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    Lim, Hyoseob; Han, Dae Hee; Lee, Il Jae

    2014-01-01

    Background Extensive degloving injuries of the extremities usually result in necrosis of the flap, necessitating comprehensive skin grafting. Provided there is a sufficient tool to evaluate flap viability, full-thickness skin can be used from a nonviable avulsed flap. We used a Wood's lamp to determine the viability of avulsed flaps in the operation field after intravenous injection of fluorescein dye. Methods We experienced 13 cases during 16 months. Fifteen minutes after the intravenous injection of fluorescein dye, the avulsed skin flaps were examined and non-fluorescent areas were marked under Wood's lamp illumination. The marked area was defatted for full-thickness skin grafting. The fluorescent areas were sutured directly without tension. The non-fluorescent areas were covered by defatted skin. Several days later, there was soft tissue necrosis within the flap area. We measured necrotic area and revised the flap. Results Among all the cases, necrotic area was 21.3% of the total avulsed area. However, if we exclude three cases, one of a carelessly managed patient and two cases of the flaps were inappropriately applied, good results were obtained, with a necrotic area of only 8.4%. Eight patients needed split-thickness skin grafts, and heel pad reconstruction was performed with free flap. Conclusions A full-thickness skin graft from an avulsed flap is a good method for addressing aesthetic concerns without producing donor site morbidity. Fluorescein dye is a useful, simple, and cost-effective tool for evaluating flap viability. Avulsed flap injuries can be managed well with Wood's lamp illumination and a full-thickness skin graft. PMID:24665420

  11. Topical cyclosporin induces hair growth in human split skin grafted onto nude mice.

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    Gilhar, A; Etzioni, A; Moscona, R

    1991-01-01

    Previously we observed that systemic CyA induces hair growth in an experimental model of human scalp skin graft transplanted onto nude mice. In the present study we investigated the role of topical CyA in the murine transplantation model, using human split-thickness skin grafts (HSTSG). Ten mice grafted with 1-mm-thick skin and another 10 mice grafted with 0.4-mm-thick skin were treated topically with CyA in olive oil. Ten other mice, treated with olive oil only, served as a control group. At the end of the study we observed hair growth only on the grafted skin of the CyA-treated group. Four out of 10 grafts showed hair growth in each of the groups. Quantitative analysis of transverse sections of cylindrical punch biopsy specimens of HSTSG before transplantation revealed anagen follicles, including small ones and telogen/catagen follicles, whereas specimens after skin transplantation showed terminal follicles mostly in the anagen phase. The present study provides further support to previous observations regarding the beneficial effect of CyA on hair growth.

  12. The Effect of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells on Full-Thickness Skin Grafts.

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    Wang, Juan; Hao, Haojie; Huang, Hong; Chen, Deyun; Han, Yan; Han, Weidong

    2016-01-01

    Background. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of ASCs on full-thickness skin grafts. Specifically, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of ASCs that are mediated via regulation of the phenotypes of activated macrophages. Methods. ASCs were isolated, cultured, and injected under full-thickness skin grafts in 15 rats (ASC group). An additional 15 rats served as controls (PBS group). Skin graft survival assessment and vascularization detection were assessed with H&E staining and laser Doppler blood flowmetry (LDF). The effects of ASCs on angiogenesis, anti-inflammation, collagen accumulation-promoting, and antiscarring were assessed. Results. We found that the skin graft survival rate was significantly increased in the ASC group. The neovascularization, collagen deposition, collagen type I to type III ratio, and levels of VEGF and TGF-β3 in the ASC group were markedly higher than those in the PBS group at day 14. Additionally, in the ASC group, the levels of iNOS, IL-1β, and TNF-α were remarkably decreased, whereas the levels of IL-10 and Arg-1 were substantially increased. Conclusions. Our results confirm that ASCs transplantation can effectively improve full-thickness skin graft survival. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory role of ASCs may indirectly contribute to skin graft survival via its effect on macrophage polarization.

  13. [The application of medpor and split-thickness skin graft in formation of cranioauricular sulcus during auricular reconstruction with Nagata method].

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    Wang, Meishui; Wang, Biao; Zheng, Houbing; Wu, Shanying; Shan, Xiuying; Liu, Zhaoliang; Zhuang, Fulian

    2014-03-01

    To investigate the application of medpor and split-thickness skin graft in formation of cranioauricular sulcus during auricular reconstruction with Nagata method. The first stage operation was fulfilled according to the Nagata two-stage method which involves fabrication and grafting of the costal cartilage framework. The second-stage ear elevation operation was undertaken 6 months later to form the cranioauricular sulcus. Split-thickness skin was taken from temporal and accipital area. After releasing the auricular framework and transplanting C shaped medpor at the rear side of framework, the temporaparietal fascia flap was transferred to cover postauricular medpor and framework. Then the split-thickness skin graft was implant on the fascia surface. From July 2010 to August 2012, 20 cases (22 ears) were treated. Partial necrosis of temporaparietal fascia flap and framework exposure happened in 1 case. Successful ear reconstruction was achieved in other cases with satisfactory cranioauricular sulcus during the follow-up period of 6-18 months (average, 13 months). The application of medpor and split-thickness skin graft in the ear elevation of Nagata method for auricular reconstruction for microtia can achieve satisfactory results. It not only avoids the obvious scar in the donor site due to harvesting full-thickness and intermediate-thickness skin, but also reduces chest trauma due to harvesting costal cartilage.

  14. Mass Spectrometry Based Metabolomics Comparison of Liver Grafts from Donors after Circulatory Death (DCD) and Donors after Brain Death (DBD) Used in Human Orthotopic Liver Transplantation

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    Laing, Richard; Kirwan, Jennifer; Silva, Michael A.; Richards, Douglas A.; Murphy, Nick; Mirza, Darius F.; Viant, Mark R.

    2016-01-01

    Use of marginal liver grafts, especially those from donors after circulatory death (DCD), has been considered as a solution to organ shortage. Inferior outcomes have been attributed to donor warm ischaemic damage in these DCD organs. Here we sought to profile the metabolic mechanisms underpinning donor warm ischaemia. Non-targeted Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry metabolomics was applied to biopsies of liver grafts from donors after brain death (DBD; n = 27) and DCD (n = 10), both during static cold storage (T1) as well as post-reperfusion (T2). Furthermore 6 biopsies from DBD donors prior to the organ donation (T0) were also profiled. Considering DBD and DCD together, significant metabolic differences were discovered between T1 and T2 (688 peaks) that were primarily related to amino acid metabolism, meanwhile T0 biopsies grouped together with T2, denoting the distinctively different metabolic activity of the perfused state. Major metabolic differences were discovered between DCD and DBD during cold-phase (T1) primarily related to glucose, tryptophan and kynurenine metabolism, and in the post-reperfusion phase (T2) related to amino acid and glutathione metabolism. We propose tryptophan/kynurenine and S-adenosylmethionine as possible biomarkers for the previously established higher graft failure of DCD livers, and conclude that the associated pathways should be targeted in more exhaustive and quantitative investigations. PMID:27835640

  15. Mass Spectrometry Based Metabolomics Comparison of Liver Grafts from Donors after Circulatory Death (DCD) and Donors after Brain Death (DBD) Used in Human Orthotopic Liver Transplantation.

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    Hrydziuszko, Olga; Perera, M Thamara P R; Laing, Richard; Kirwan, Jennifer; Silva, Michael A; Richards, Douglas A; Murphy, Nick; Mirza, Darius F; Viant, Mark R

    2016-01-01

    Use of marginal liver grafts, especially those from donors after circulatory death (DCD), has been considered as a solution to organ shortage. Inferior outcomes have been attributed to donor warm ischaemic damage in these DCD organs. Here we sought to profile the metabolic mechanisms underpinning donor warm ischaemia. Non-targeted Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry metabolomics was applied to biopsies of liver grafts from donors after brain death (DBD; n = 27) and DCD (n = 10), both during static cold storage (T1) as well as post-reperfusion (T2). Furthermore 6 biopsies from DBD donors prior to the organ donation (T0) were also profiled. Considering DBD and DCD together, significant metabolic differences were discovered between T1 and T2 (688 peaks) that were primarily related to amino acid metabolism, meanwhile T0 biopsies grouped together with T2, denoting the distinctively different metabolic activity of the perfused state. Major metabolic differences were discovered between DCD and DBD during cold-phase (T1) primarily related to glucose, tryptophan and kynurenine metabolism, and in the post-reperfusion phase (T2) related to amino acid and glutathione metabolism. We propose tryptophan/kynurenine and S-adenosylmethionine as possible biomarkers for the previously established higher graft failure of DCD livers, and conclude that the associated pathways should be targeted in more exhaustive and quantitative investigations.

  16. Radiation induced graft copolymerization of methyl methacrylate onto chrome-tanned pig skins

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    Pietrucha, K.; Pȩkala, W.; Kroh, J.

    Graft copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) onto chrome-tanned pig skins was carried out by the irradiation with 60Co ?-rays. The grafted polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) chains were isolated by acid hydrolysis of the collagen backbone in order to characterize the graft copolymers. Proof of grafting was obtained through the detection of amino acid endgroups in the isolated grafts by reaction with ninhydrin. The grafting yield of MMA in aqueous emulsion was found to be higher than that for pure MMA and MMA in acetone. The degree of grafting increases with increasing monomer concentration in emulsion and reaches maximum at radiation dose ca 15 kGy. The yield of grafting is very high - ca 90% of monomer converts into copolymer and only 10% is converted into homopolymer. The present paper reports the physical properties of chrome-tanned pig skins after graft polymerization with MMA in emulsion. Modified leathers are more resistant against water absorption and abrasion in comparison with unmodified ones. They have more uniform structure over the whole surface, greater thickness and stiffness. The results reported seem to indicate that MMA may be used in the production of shoe upper and sole leathers. The mechanism of some of the processes occuring during radiation grafting of MMA in water emulsion on tanned leathers has been also suggested and discussed.

  17. The transcriptome of the implant biopsy identifies donor kidneys at increased risk of delayed graft function.

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    Mueller, T F; Reeve, J; Jhangri, G S; Mengel, M; Jacaj, Z; Cairo, L; Obeidat, M; Todd, G; Moore, R; Famulski, K S; Cruz, J; Wishart, D; Meng, C; Sis, B; Solez, K; Kaplan, B; Halloran, P F

    2008-01-01

    Improved assessment of donor organ quality at time of transplantation would help in management of potentially usable organs. The transcriptome might correlate with risk of delayed graft function (DGF) better than conventional risk factors. Microarray results of 87 consecutive implantation biopsies taken postreperfusion in 42 deceased (DD) and 45 living (LD) donor kidneys were compared to clinical and histopathology-based scores. Unsupervised analysis separated the 87 kidneys into three groups: LD, DD1 and DD2. Kidneys in DD2 had a greater incidence of DGF (38.1 vs. 9.5%, p < 0.05) than those in DD1. Clinical and histopathological risk scores did not discriminate DD1 from DD2. A total of 1051 transcripts were differentially expressed between DD1 and DD2, but no transcripts separated DGF from immediate graft function (adjusted p < 0.01). Principal components analysis revealed a continuum from LD to DD1 to DD2, i.e. from best to poorest functioning kidneys. Within DD kidneys, the odds ratio for DGF was significantly increased with a transcriptome-based score and recipient age (p < 0.03) but not with clinical or histopathologic scores. The transcriptome reflects kidney quality and susceptibility to DGF better than available clinical and histopathological scoring systems.

  18. Maintenance of the normal flora of human skin grafts transplanted to mice.

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    Kearney, J N; Gowland, G; Holland, K T; Cunliffe, W J

    1982-10-01

    Full-thickness human cadaver skin was maintained on the dorso-lateral thoracic region of hairless mice whose immune rejection mechanism was suppressed using anti-mouse-thymocyte globulin. The bacterial profile of the pregrafted skin did not differ significantly from the normal human microflora. In contrast, the murine skin exhibited quantitative and qualitative differences from the human flora, in particular by the complete absence of Propionibacterium acnes, the dominant bacterium on sebum-rich areas of human skin. The normal microbial profile of the human grafts was maintained throughout the experimental period despite the novel environmental milieu. There was little contamination of the grafts from the normal murine flora. It was concluded that the grafted human skin would provide a realistic model for studying the ecology of human cutaneous micro-organisms.

  19. Metalloproteinases facilitate connection of wound bed vessels to pre-existing skin graft vasculature.

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    Knapik, Alicia; Hegland, Niels; Calcagni, Maurizio; Althaus, Martina; Vollmar, Brigitte; Giovanoli, Pietro; Lindenblatt, Nicole

    2012-07-01

    Despite advances in tissue engineering of human skin, the exact revascularization processes remain unclear. Therefore it was the aim of this study to investigate the vascular transformations during engraftment and to identify associated proteolytic factors. The modified dorsal skinfold chamber with autologous skin grafting was prepared in C57BL/6J mice, and intravital microscopy was performed. The expression of proteases and vascular factors was quantified by immunohistochemistry. Reperfusion of the skin graft after 72hours was followed by a temporary angiogenic response of the graft vessels. Wound bed bud formation appeared after 24 to 48hours representing starting points for capillary sprouting. In the reperfused skin graft larger buds developed over several days without transformation into angiogenic sprouts; instead pruning took place. MT1-MMP was detected at sprout tips of in-growing vessels. MMP-2 expression was located at the wound bed/graft connection sites. Pericytes were found to withdraw from the angiogenic vessel in order to facilitate sprouting. Skin graft vasculature responded with temporary angiogenesis to reperfusion, which was pruned after several days and exhibited a different morphology than regular sprouting angiogenesis present within the wound bed. Furthermore we identified MT1-MMP as sprout-tip located protease indicating its potential role as sprout growth facilitator as well as potentially in lysing the existing graft capillaries in order to connect to them. The differences between the wound bed and skin graft angiogenesis may represent a relevant insight into the processes of vascular pruning and may help in the engineering of skin substitutes. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Loss of split thickness skin grafts due to non-group A beta-haemolytic streptococci.

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    Wilson, G. R.; French, G. W.; Sully, L.

    1988-01-01

    Over a 17-month period 77 patients requiring a split skin graft for a burn injury have suffered loss of previously well taken graft due to the growth of a beta-haemolytic streptococcus. Of these only 42 were streptococci of Lancefield group A (Streptococcus pyogenes); 16 were group B, 3 group C and 16 group G. Some strains of groups B, C and G produce cytopathic and spreading factors capable of destroying the new skin graft and regenerating epithelium. We suggest that the non-group A streptococci may be more pathogenic than previously recognised in this particular respect. PMID:3046466

  1. Full-thickness skin graft interposition after temporomandibular joint ankylosis surgery. A study of 31 cases.

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    Chossegros, C; Guyot, L; Cheynet, F; Blanc, J L; Cannoni, P

    1999-10-01

    Recurrence is a major problem after release of temporomandibular joint ankylosis. Early physiotherapy and choice of interpositional material are important in preventing recurrence. Currently, the most used technique is gap arthroplasty associated with coronoidectomy, temporalis muscle flap interposition and reconstruction of the condylar unit with a costochondral graft. Full-thickness skin graft interposition, using the technique described by Popescu & Vasiliu, can also be used. This retrospective review of 31 patients confirms the reliability of full-thickness skin graft interposition. Results were successful in 90% of the 20 patients with follow-up longer than one year.

  2. Monokine induced by interferon-gamma (MIG/CXCL9) is derived from both donor and recipient sources during rejection of class II major histocompatibility complex disparate skin allografts.

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    Auerbach, Michael B; Shimoda, Naohiko; Amano, Hiroyuki; Rosenblum, Joshua M; Kish, Danielle D; Farber, Joshua M; Fairchild, Robert L

    2009-06-01

    Chemokines, including monokine induced by interferon-gamma (Mig/CXCL9), are produced both in allografts and during the direct T-cell infiltration that mediates graft rejection. Neither the specific production nor contribution of allograft donor versus recipient Mig in allograft rejection is currently known. C57BL/6 mice with a targeted deletion in the Mig gene were used as both skin allograft donors and recipients in a class II major histocompatibility complex-mismatched graft model to test the requirement for donor- versus recipient-derived Mig for acute rejection. B6.Mig(-/-) allografts had a 10-day prolonged survival in B6.H-2(bm12) recipients when compared with wild-type C57BL/6 allograft donors, and B6.H-2(bm12) skin allografts had a 5-day prolonged survival in B6.Mig(-/-) versus wild-type recipients. Transplantation of B6.Mig(-/-) skin grafts onto B6.H-2(bm12).Mig(-/-) recipients resulted in further prolonged allograft survival with more than 30% of the grafts surviving longer than 60 days. Prolonged allograft survival was also associated with delayed cellular infiltration into grafts but not with altered T-cell proliferative responses to donor stimulators. Immunohistochemical staining of allograft sections indicated that Mig is produced by both donor- and recipient-derived sources, but Mig from each of these sources appeared in different areas of the allograft tissue. These results therefore demonstrate the synergy of donor- and recipient-derived Mig in promoting T-cell infiltration into allografts.

  3. Complex outflow anatomy in left lateral lobe graft and modified venous reconstruction in pediatric living donor liver transplantation.

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    Benetatos, Nikolaos; Scalera, Irene; Isaac, John R; Mirza, Darius F; Muiesan, Paolo

    2014-10-01

    Hepatic venous outflow reconstruction is of critical significance in pediatric patients undergoing living donor liver transplantation. Accurate knowledge of the anatomical variations is important to obtain appropriate size segmental grafts. The diameter of the hepatic veins and the potential risk of complications at the level of the anastomosis require an adequate primary vascular reconstruction. We describe a venous outflow reconstruction technique, in a living related left lateral lobe graft, with unfavorable hepatic venous anatomy. © 2014 Steunstichting ESOT.

  4. Donor age dependent graft development and recovery in a rat model of Huntington's disease: histological and behavioral analysis.

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    Schackel, Stefanie; Pauly, Marie-Christin; Piroth, Tobias; Nikkhah, Guido; Döbrössy, Máté D

    2013-11-01

    Neural cell replacement therapy using fetal striatal cells has provided evidence of disease modification in clinical trials in Huntington's disease (HD) patients, although the results have been inconsistent. One of the contributing factors to the variable outcome could be the different capacity of transplanted cells derived from the primordial striatum to proliferate and maturate into striatal projection neurons. Based on the rodent lesion model of HD, the current study investigated how intrastriatal-striatal grafts from variable aged donors develop in vivo and how they influence functional recovery. Young adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were lesioned unilaterally in the dorso-striatum with quinolinic acid (0.12 M) and transplanted 14 days later with single cell suspension grafts equivalent of one whole ganglionic eminence (WGE) from donors of embryonic developmental age E13, E14, or E15; animals with or without striatal lesion served as controls. All animals were tested on the Cylinder and the Corridor tests, as well as on apomorphine-induced rotation at baseline, post-lesion/pre-grafting, and at 6 and 10 weeks post-grafting. A week prior to perfusion, a sub-group in each grafted group received fluorogold injections into the ipsilateral globus pallidus to study graft efferent projections. In summary, the data demonstrates that the age of the embryonic donor tissue has an impact on both the graft mediated functional recovery, and on the in vivo cellular composition of the striatal transplant. E13 tissue grafts gave the best overall outcome indicating that WGE from different donor ages have different potential to promote functional recovery. Understanding the stages and process in rodent striatal development could improve tissue selection in clinical trials of cell therapy in HD. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. The role of full-thickness skin grafting and steroid injection in the treatment of auricular keloids.

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    Brown, Nefertiti A; Ortega, F Raymond

    2010-05-01

    Keloids are a response to wound healing that occurs due to hyperproliferation of dermal collagen in response to skin injury (Olabanji et al, Surg Pract. 2005;9:2-7). Multiple modalities have been described in the literature to target these lesions, but treatment and prevention remain a challenge because of the high rate of recurrence (Brissett and Sherris, Facial Plast Surg. 2001;17:263-272; Kelly, Dermatol Ther. 2004;17:212-218; Robles and Berg, Clin Dermatol. 2007;25:26-32; Porter, Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2002;35:207-220, viii). We studied the rate of recurrence of auricular keloids through a technique previously described in the literature (Converse and Stallings, Plast Reconstr Surg. 1972;49:461-463), but over a series of patients. Keloids were treated with total excision in combination with coverage of the resulting defect with a full-thickness skin graft and intradermal injection of triamcinolone acetonide solution at the periphery of the donor and recipient sites. From April 2006 to February 2007, 10 patients with auricular keloids were done using this technique, and during an 11-month follow-up no recurrence was observed. These results support that full-thickness skin grafts can be used to address keloid lesions without recurrence.

  6. Improvement of epidermal barrier properties in cultured skin substitutes after grafting onto athymic mice.

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    Barai, Namrata D; Supp, Andrew P; Kasting, Gerald B; Visscher, Marty O; Boyce, Steven T

    2007-01-01

    Barrier function in cultured skin substitutes (CSS) prepared from human cell sources was measured by noninvasive (surface hydration, transepidermal water loss) and invasive methods (water permeation, niacinamide flux) before and after grafting onto athymic mice. In vitro measurements were made on days 7 and 14. Although three of the four measures of barrier function improved markedly from day 7 to 14, the values obtained were still far from those obtained with native human skin controls. Additional CSS were grafted onto athymic mice on day 14, and skin was harvested 2 and 6 weeks after grafting. Grafting brought about a substantial decrease in all measurements by 2 weeks and almost complete normalization of barrier function after 6 weeks. The most sensitive measure of this recovery was niacinamide permeability, which decreased from (280 +/- 40) x 10(-4) cm/h in vitro to (17 +/- 30) x 10(-4) cm/h 2 weeks after grafting and (5 +/- 2) x 10(-4) cm/h 6 weeks after grafting, versus control values of (2 +/- 2) x 10(-4) cm/h in human cadaver skin and (0.6 +/- 0.4) x 10(-4) cm/h in human epidermal membrane prepared from freshly excised breast skin. These results demonstrate the reformation of epidermal barrier function after transplantation and provide insights for the development of a functional epidermal barrier in CSS in vitro.

  7. Reduction of Relapse after Unrelated Donor Stem Cell Transplantation by KIR-Based Graft Selection

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    Heidenreich, Silke; Kröger, Nicolaus

    2017-01-01

    Besides donor T cells, natural killer (NK) cells are considered to have a major role in preventing relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). After T-cell-depleted haploidentical HSCT, a strong NK alloreactivity has been described. These effects have been attributed to killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). Abundant reports suggest a major role of KIR not only on outcome after haploidentical HSCT but also in the unrelated donor setting. In this review, we give a brief overview of the mechanism of NK cell activation, nomenclature of KIR haplotypes, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) groups, and distinct models for prediction of NK cell alloreactivity. It can be concluded that KIR-ligand mismatch seems to provoke adverse effects in unrelated donor HSCT with reduced overall survival and increased risk for high-grade acute graft-versus-host disease. The presence of activating KIR, as seen in KIR haplotype B, as well as the patient’s HLA C1/x haplotype might reduce relapse in myeloid malignancies. PMID:28228753

  8. Reduction of Relapse after Unrelated Donor Stem Cell Transplantation by KIR-Based Graft Selection.

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    Heidenreich, Silke; Kröger, Nicolaus

    2017-01-01

    Besides donor T cells, natural killer (NK) cells are considered to have a major role in preventing relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). After T-cell-depleted haploidentical HSCT, a strong NK alloreactivity has been described. These effects have been attributed to killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). Abundant reports suggest a major role of KIR not only on outcome after haploidentical HSCT but also in the unrelated donor setting. In this review, we give a brief overview of the mechanism of NK cell activation, nomenclature of KIR haplotypes, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) groups, and distinct models for prediction of NK cell alloreactivity. It can be concluded that KIR-ligand mismatch seems to provoke adverse effects in unrelated donor HSCT with reduced overall survival and increased risk for high-grade acute graft-versus-host disease. The presence of activating KIR, as seen in KIR haplotype B, as well as the patient's HLA C1/x haplotype might reduce relapse in myeloid malignancies.

  9. Early escharectomy and concurrent composite skin grafting over human acellular dermal matrix scaffold for covering deep facial burns.

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    Tang, Bing; Zhu, Bin; Liang, Yue-Ying; Bi, Liang-Kuan; Chen, Bin; Hu, Zhi-Cheng; Zhang, Kai; Zhu, Jia-Yuan

    2011-04-01

    Although escharectomy and full-thickness skin autografting have been widely used to treat deep facial burns, the clinical outcomes remain unacceptable. Composite razor-thin skin grafting over acellular dermal matrix scaffold has been used successfully in repairing burns of the trunk and limbs, but its use in covering deep facial burns has rarely been reported. In this study, the authors investigated the clinical outcomes of early escharectomy and concurrent composite razor-thin skin autografting and acellular dermal matrix scaffold for treating deep facial burns. Patients with deep facial burns (n = 16) involving 8 to 30 percent of the total body surface area received early escharectomy by postburn day 3 and concurrent, one-stage, large, razor-thin skin autografting on top of human acellular dermal matrix scaffold. Wound dressings were changed on postoperative days 7, 9, and 12 to examine the survival of skin autografts. Patients were followed up for 12 months to evaluate their facial profiles. The take rate of composite skin autografts was 97.3 percent at postoperative day 12. At the follow-up visit, the skin autografts appeared normal in color, with soft texture and good elasticity. The skin junctures showed little scarring. The patients exhibited a chubby facial appearance and abundant expression, except for one patient with microstomia and two patients with ectropion who required further plastic surgical interventions. Early escharectomy and concurrent composite razor-thin skin autografting on top of acellular dermal matrix scaffold constitute an effective and favorable option for covering deep facial burns, especially for patients with limited donor sites.

  10. Utilization of the scrotum as a full thickness skin graft in a dog

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    Wells, Sean; Gottfried, Sharon D.

    2010-01-01

    A 1.5-year-old, intact, male dog was presented for degloving wounds to the distal pelvic limbs due to vehicular trauma. Treatment involved serial debridement of the wounds and use of the scrotal skin as a full thickness, meshed skin graft applied to the dorsal aspect of the left pes with a successful outcome. PMID:21286329

  11. Enhanced angiogenesis in grafted skins by gene transfer of human hepatocyte growth factor using laser-induced stress waves

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    Terakawa, Mitsuhiro; Sato, Shunichi; Saitoh, Daizoh; Tsuda, Hitoshi; Ashida, Hiroshi; Okano, Hideyuki; Obara, Minoru

    2007-02-01

    We delivered a therapeutic gene, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), to skin grafts of rats using laser-induced stress waves (LISWs) with the objective of enhancing their adhesion. The density and uniformity of neovascularities were enhanced significantly in the grafted skins that were transfected using LISWs, suggesting the efficacy of this method to improve the outcome of skin transplantation.

  12. Is there a stronger graft-versus-leukemia effect using HLA-haploidentical donors compared with HLA-identical siblings?

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    Ringdén, O; Labopin, M; Ciceri, F; Velardi, A; Bacigalupo, A; Arcese, W; Ghavamzadeh, A; Hamladji, R M; Schmid, C; Nagler, A; Mohty, M

    2016-02-01

    Haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCTs) are increasingly used, but it is unknown whether they have a stronger graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. We analyzed 10 679 acute leukemia patients who underwent HSCT from an HLA-matched sibling donor (MSD, n=9815) or a haploidentical donor (⩾2 HLA-antigen disparity, n=864) between 2007 and 2012, reported to the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. In a Cox regression model, acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was added as time-dependent variables. There was no difference in probability of relapse between recipients of haploidentical and MSD grafts. Factors of importance for relapse after T-cell-replete grafts included remission status at HSCT, Karnofsky score ⩽80, acute GVHD of grade II or higher and chronic GVHD (P<10(-5)). Patients with post-transplant cyclophosphamide (n=194) had similar outcome as other T-cell-replete haploidentical transplants (n=369). Non-relapse mortality was significantly higher in the haploidentical group compared with that in MSD patients (P<10(-5)). Leukemia-free survival was superior in the MSD patients receiving T-cell-replete (P<10(-5)) or T-cell-depleted grafts (P=0.0006). The risk of relapse was the same in acute leukemia patients who received haploidentical donor grafts as in those given MSD transplants, suggesting a similar GVL effect.

  13. ABO-incompatible living donor liver transplantation without graft local infusion and splenectomy

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    Lee, Seung Duk; Kim, Seong Hoon; Kong, Sun-Young; Kim, Young-Kyu; Lee, Soon-Ae; Park, Sang-Jae

    2014-01-01

    Background Graft local infusion and splenectomy in ABO-incompatible (ABO-I) living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) are associated with high rates of operative complications. Methods Consecutive ABO-I LDLT patients treated at the National Cancer Centre between January 2012 and February 2013 were identified. The protocol for ABO-I LDLT at the study centre included the administration of rituximab (300 mg/m2) at 2 weeks preoperatively, followed by plasma exchanges (target isoagglutinin titre: ≤1 : 8), basiliximab (20 mg on the day of surgery and on postoperative day 4), and i.v. immunoglobulin (0.8 g/kg on postoperative days 1 and 4) without graft local infusion or splenectomy. Results Fifteen patients (11 men and four women) who underwent transplantation for liver cirrhosis (n = 3) or hepatocellular carcinoma (n = 12) were identified. These included 13 patients with hepatitis B virus infection, one with hepatitis C virus infection and one with alcoholic cirrhosis. The mean age, mean Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score and mean graft-to-recipient weight ratio (GRWR) of these patients was 51.8 years, 11.5 and 0.84, respectively. The median isoagglutinin titre before plasma exchange was 1 : 32 (range: 1 : 4 to 1 : 256). There were no hyperacute or antibody-mediated rejections. No bacterial or fungal infections were observed. Complications included herpes zoster viral infection in one patient, postoperative bleeding in one patient and extrahepatic biliary stricture in three patients. Conclusions This simplified ABO-I LDLT protocol showed good graft outcomes without immunologic failure or serious infections. PMID:24467804

  14. Successful Management of Graft Reinfection of HCV Genotype 2 in Living Donor Liver Transplantation from a Hepatitis B Core Antibody-Positive Donor with Sofosbuvir and Ribavirin

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    Sasaki, Reina; Kanda, Tatsuo; Ohtsuka, Masayuki; Yasui, Shin; Haga, Yuki; Nakamura, Masato; Yokoyama, Masayuki; Wu, Shuang; Nakamoto, Shingo; Arai, Makoto; Maruyama, Hitoshi; Miyazaki, Masaru; Yokosuka, Osamu

    2016-01-01

    Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are relatively safe and highly effective for the eradication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in liver transplant recipients. In this case study, we present a female with a graft reinfected with HCV genotype 2 who was treated with a combination of sofosbuvir and ribavirin after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Because the graft was from a hepatitis B core antibody-positive donor, passive immunization with hyperimmune hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) and entecavir were also provided to prevent hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation. It became clear that the combination of sofosbuvir and ribavirin promptly led to a sustained virologic response and that this combination was safe to treat graft reinfection with HCV genotype 2 after LDLT. Adverse events caused by DAAs were not observed, except for slight anemia. HBIG and entecavir were useful in the prevention of HBV reactivation. In conclusion, the present case indicated that DAA treatment for graft reinfection with HCV is safe and effective in LDLT from hepatitis B core antibody-positive donors. PMID:27721720

  15. The effect of donor diabetes history on graft failure and endothelial cell density 10 years after penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Lass, Jonathan H; Riddlesworth, Tonya D; Gal, Robin L; Kollman, Craig; Benetz, Beth A; Price, Francis W; Sugar, Alan; Terry, Mark A; Soper, Mark; Beck, Roy W

    2015-03-01

    To examine the long-term effect of donor diabetes history on graft failure and endothelial cell density (ECD) after penetrating keratoplasty (PK) in the Cornea Donor Study. Multicenter, prospective, double-masked, controlled clinical trial. One thousand ninety subjects undergoing PK for a moderate risk condition, principally Fuchs' dystrophy or pseudophakic or aphakic corneal edema, were enrolled by 105 surgeons from 80 clinical sites in the United States. Corneas from donors 12 to 75 years of age were assigned by 43 eye banks to participants without respect to recipient factors. Donor and recipient diabetes status was determined from existing medical records. Images of the central endothelium were obtained before surgery (baseline) and at intervals for 10 years after surgery and were analyzed by a central image analysis reading center to determine ECD. Time to graft failure (regraft or cloudy cornea for 3 consecutive months) and ECD. There was no statistically significant association of donor diabetes history with 10-year graft failure, baseline ECD, 10-year ECD, or ECD values longitudinally over time in unadjusted analyses, nor after adjusting for donor age and other significant covariates. The 10-year graft failure rate was 23% in the 199 patients receiving a cornea from a donor with diabetes versus 26% in the 891 patients receiving a cornea from a donor without diabetes (95% confidence interval for the difference, -10% to 6%; unadjusted P=0.60). Baseline ECD (P=0.71), 10-year ECD (P>0.99), and changes in ECD over 10 years (P=0.86) were similar comparing donor groups with and without diabetes. The study results do not suggest an association between donor diabetes and PK outcome. However, the assessment of donor diabetes was imprecise and based on historical data only. The increasing frequency of diabetes in the aging population in the United States affects the donor pool. Thus, the impact of donor diabetes on long-term endothelial health after PK or endothelial

  16. The Effect of Donor Diabetes History on Graft Failure and Endothelial Cell Density Ten Years after Penetrating Keratoplasty

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    Lass, Jonathan H.; Riddlesworth, Tonya D.; Gal, Robin L.; Kollman, Craig; Benetz, Beth A.; Price, Francis W.; Sugar, Alan; Terry, Mark A.; Soper, Mark; Beck, Roy W.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To examine the long term effect of donor diabetes history on graft failure and endothelial cell density (ECD) after penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) in the Cornea Donor Study Design Multi-center prospective, double-masked, controlled clinical trial Participants 1090 subjects undergoing PKP for a moderate risk condition, principally Fuchs’ dystrophy or pseudophakic/aphakic corneal edema (PACE), were enrolled by 105 surgeons from 80 clinical sites in the United States. Methods Corneas from donors 12 to 75 years old were assigned by 43 eye banks to participants without respect to recipient factors. Donor and recipient diabetes status was determined from existing medical records. Images of the central endothelium were obtained preoperatively (baseline) and at intervals for ten years postoperatively and analyzed by a central image analysis reading center to determine ECD. Main Outcome Measure(s) Time to graft failure (regraft or cloudy cornea for 3 consecutive months) and ECD. Results There was no statistically significant association of donor diabetes history with 10-year graft failure, baseline ECD, 10-year ECD or ECD values longitudinally over time in unadjusted analyses nor after adjusting for donor age and other significant covariates. The 10-year graft failure rate was 23% in the 199 cases receiving a cornea from a donor with diabetes versus 26% in the 891 cases receiving a cornea from a donor without diabetes (95% confidence interval for the difference: −10% to +6%; unadjusted p = 0.60). Baseline ECD (p=0.71), 10-year ECD (p>0.99), and changes in ECD over 10 years (p=0.86) were similar comparing donor diabetes and no-diabetes groups. Conclusions and Relevance The study results do not suggest an association between donor diabetes and PKP outcome. However, the assessment of donor diabetes was imprecise and based on historical data only. The increasing frequency of diabetes in the aging population in the United States affects the donor pool, thus the

  17. Inflation with carbon monoxide in rat donor lung during cold ischemia phase ameliorates graft injury

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    Meng, Chao; Ma, Liangjuan; Liu, Jinfeng; Cui, Xiaoguang; Liu, Rongfang; Xing, Jingchun

    2015-01-01

    Carbon monoxide (CO) attenuates lung ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) via inhalation, and as an additive dissolved in flush/preservation solution. This study observed the effects of lung inflation with CO on lung graft function in the setting of cold ischemia. Donor lungs were inflated with 40% oxygen + 60% nitrogen (control group) or with 500 ppm CO + 40% oxygen + nitrogen (CO group) during the cold ischemia phase and were kept at 4℃ for 180 min. Recipients were sacrificed by exsanguinations at 180 min after reperfusion. Rats in the sham group had no transplantation and were performed as the recipients. Compared with the sham group, the oxygenation determined by blood gas analysis and the pressure–volume curves of the lung grafts decreased significantly, while the wet weight/dry weight (W/D) ratio, inflammatory reaction, oxidative stress, and cell apoptosis increased markedly (P < 0.05). However, compared to the control group, CO treatment improved the oxygenation (381 ± 58 vs. 308 ± 78 mm Hg) and the pressure–volume curves (15.8 ± 2.4 vs. 11.6 ± 1.7 mL/kg) (P < 0.05). The W/D ratio (4.6 ± 0.6) and the serum levels of interleukin-8 (279 ± 46 pg/mL) and tumor necrosis factor-α (377 ± 59 pg/mL) in the CO group decreased significantly compared to the control group (5.8 ± 0.8, 456 ± 63 pg/mL, and 520 ± 91 pg/mL) (P < 0.05). In addition, CO inflation also significantly decreased malondialdehyde activity and apoptotic cells in grafts, and increased the superoxide dismutase content. Briefly, CO inflation in donor lungs in the setting of cold ischemia attenuated lung IRI and improved the graft function compared with oxygen. PMID:26290141

  18. Tectal Tissue Grafted to the Midbrain of Newborn Rats: Effect of Donor Age on the Survival, Growth and Connectivity of Transplants

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    Majda, Bernadette T.; Harvey, Alan R.

    1989-01-01

    Tectal tissue from fetal (E15, E18, E20) and newborn (P0) rats was transplanted to the midbrain of newborn rats. Graft survival and size decreased with increasing donor age. Host retinal input was found in E15, E18 and E20 grafts; the specific pattern of retinal innervation was similar for all fetal donor ages. PMID:2485121

  19. Acute hydrops in the donor cornea graft in non-keratoconus patients.

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    Cason, John B; Yiu, Samuel C

    2013-01-01

    A 44-year-old Hispanic male and 91-year-old Caucasian male presented to the clinic with acute vision loss and pain years after penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). Neither patient had a history of keratoconus. Both patients had a history of eye rubbing and intraocular device present in the anterior chamber. The first patient had a history of a glaucoma drainage tube and the second patient had an anterior chamber intraocular lens implanted. Anterior segment ocular coherence tomography showed deep stromal cystic cavities. Both patients exhibited breaks in the endothelium by ultrasound biomicroscopy and the histopathologic examination after repeat PKP. Those findings were most consistent with acute corneal hydrops in the donor graft.

  20. Skin regeneration for children with burn scar contracture using autologous cultured dermal substitutes and superthin auto-skin grafts: preliminary clinical study.

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    Fujimori, Yasushi; Ueda, Koichi; Fumimoto, Hiromichi; Kubo, Kentaro; Kuroyanagi, Yoshimitsu

    2006-10-01

    We have evaluated a novel treatment of burn scar contracture in children. This method involves the application of an autologous cultured dermal substitute (CDS), followed by a graft of superthin split-thickness skin. In the first operation, the autologous CDS was applied to the skin defect that had occurred after releasing the scar contracture. In the second operation, a superthin thickness skin graft (4 approximately 6/1000 inches) was applied 5 approximately 12 days after the first operation. The autologous CDS was applied to 10 sites of 5 children. On 8 sites, the skin grafts were contracted to some extent at an early stage. However, these skin grafts were stretched gradually to a range from 60% to 100% of an original size. At 2 sites, the skin grafts had stretched from 110% to 130% of the original size. This strategy may be useful for the treatment of burn scar contracture in children.

  1. Impact of donor-specific antibodies on the outcomes of kidney graft: Pathophysiology, clinical, therapy

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    Salvadori, Maurizio; Bertoni, Elisabetta

    2014-01-01

    Allo-antibodies, particularly when donor specific, are one of the most important factors that cause both early and late graft dysfunction. The authors review the current state of the art concerning this important issue in renal transplantation. Many antibodies have been recognized as mediators of renal injury. In particular donor-specific-Human Leukocyte Antigens antibodies appear to play a major role. New techniques, such as solid phase techniques and Luminex, have revealed these antibodies from patient sera. Other new techniques have uncovered alloantibodies and signs of complement activation in renal biopsy specimens. It has been acknowledged that the old concept of chronic renal injury caused by calcineurine inhibitors toxicity should be replaced in many cases by alloantibodies acting against the graft. In addition, the number of patients on waiting lists with preformed anti-human leukocyte antigens (HLA) antibodies is increasing, primarily from patients with a history of renal transplant failure already been sensitized. We should distinguish early and late acute antibody-mediated rejection from chronic antibody-mediated rejection. The latter often manifets late during the course of the post-transplant period and may be difficult to recognize if specific techniques are not applied. Different therapeutic strategies are used to control antibody-induced damage. These strategies may be applied prior to transplantation or, in the case of acute antibody-mediated rejection, after transplantation. Many new drugs are appearing at the horizon; however, these drugs are far from the clinic because they are in phase I-II of clinical trials. Thus the pipeline for the near future appears almost empty. PMID:24669363

  2. Rat acute GvHD is Th1-driven and characterized by predominant donor CD4(+) T cell infiltration of skin and gut.

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    Boieri, Margherita; Shah, Pranali; Jalapothu, Dasaradha; Zaitseva, Olena; Walter, Lutz; Rolstad, Bent; Naper, Christian; Dressel, Ralf; Inngjerdingen, Marit

    2017-02-23

    Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGvHD) remains a significant hurdle to successful treatment of many hematological disorders. The disease is caused by infiltration of allo-activated donor T cells primarily into the gastrointestinal tract and skin. While cytotoxic T cells mediate direct cellular damage, T helper (Th) cells differentially secrete immunoregulatory cytokines. Acute GvHD is thought to be primarily initiated by Th1 cells but a consensus is still lacking regarding the role of Th2 and Th17 cells. The aim of this study was to determine the contribution of distinct T cell subsets to aGvHD in the rat. Acute GvHD was induced by transplanting irradiated rats with T-cell depleted MHC-mismatched bone marrow, followed two weeks later by donor lymphocyte infusion. Near complete donor T cell chimerism was achieved in the blood and lymphatic tissues, in contrast to mixed chimerism in the skin and gut. Skin and gut donor T cells were predominantly CD4(+), in contrast to T cells in blood and lymphatic tissues. Genes associated with Th1 cells were up-regulated in gut, liver, lung, and skin tissues affected by aGvHD. Increased serum levels of CXCL10 and IL-18 preceded symptoms of aGvHD, accompanied by increased responsiveness to CXCL10 by blood CD4(+) T cells. No changes in expression of Th2- or Th17-associated genes were observed, indicating that aGvHD in this rat model is mainly Th1-driven. The rat model of aGvHD could be instrumental for further investigations of donor T cell subsets in the skin and gut, and for exploring therapeutic options to ameliorate symptoms of aGvHD.

  3. Treatment with agonistic DR3 antibody results in expansion of donor Tregs and reduced graft-versus-host disease.

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    Kim, Byung-Su; Nishikii, Hidekazu; Baker, Jeanette; Pierini, Antonio; Schneidawind, Dominik; Pan, Yuqiong; Beilhack, Andreas; Park, Chung-Gyu; Negrin, Robert S

    2015-07-23

    The paucity of regulatory T cells (Tregs) limits clinical translation to control aberrant immune reactions including graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Recent studies showed that the agonistic antibody to DR3 (αDR3) expanded CD4(+)FoxP3(+) Tregs in vivo. We investigated whether treating donor mice with a single dose of αDR3 could alleviate acute GVHD in a MHC-mismatched bone marrow transplantation model. αDR3 induced selective proliferation of functional Tregs. CD4(+) T cells isolated from αDR3-treated mice contained higher numbers of Tregs and were less proliferative to allogeneic stimuli. In vivo GVHD studies confirmed that Tregs from αDR3-treated donors expanded robustly and higher frequencies of Tregs within donor CD4(+) T cells were maintained, resulting in improved survival. Conventional T cells derived from αDR3-treated donors showed reduced activation and proliferation. Serum levels of proinflammatory cytokines (IFNγ, IL-1β, and TNFα) and infiltration of donor T cells into GVHD target tissues (gastrointestinal tract and liver) were decreased. T cells from αDR3-treated donors retained graft-vs-tumor (GVT) effects. In conclusion, a single dose of αDR3 alleviates acute GVHD while preserving GVT effects by selectively expanding and maintaining donor Tregs. This novel strategy will facilitate the clinical application of Treg-based therapies. © 2015 by The American Society of Hematology.

  4. Determinants of graft survival in pediatric and adolescent live donor kidney transplant recipients: a single center experience.

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    El-Husseini, Amr A; Foda, Mohamed A; Shokeir, Ahmed A; Shehab El-Din, Ahmed B; Sobh, Mohamed A; Ghoneim, Mohamed A

    2005-12-01

    To study the independent determinants of graft survival among pediatric and adolescent live donor kidney transplant recipients. Between March 1976 and March 2004, 1600 live donor kidney transplants were carried out in our center. Of them 284 were 20 yr old or younger (mean age 13.1 yr, ranging from 5 to 20 yr). Evaluation of the possible variables that may affect graft survival were carried out using univariate and multivariate analyses. Studied factors included age, gender, relation between donor and recipient, original kidney disease, ABO blood group, pretransplant blood transfusion, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching, pretransplant dialysis, height standard deviation score (SDS), pretransplant hypertension, cold ischemia time, number of renal arteries, ureteral anastomosis, time to diuresis, time of transplantation, occurrence of acute tubular necrosis (ATN), primary and secondary immunosuppression, total dose of steroids in the first 3 months, development of acute rejection and post-transplant hypertension. Using univariate analysis, the significant predictors for graft survival were HLA matching, type of primary urinary recontinuity, time to diuresis, ATN, acute rejection and post-transplant hypertension. The multivariate analysis restricted the significance to acute rejection and post-transplant hypertension. The independent determinants of graft survival in live-donor pediatric and adolescent renal transplant recipients are acute rejection and post-transplant hypertension.

  5. Liver fluke-infested graft used for living-donor liver transplantation: case report and review of the literature.

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    Capobianco, I; Frank, M; Königsrainer, A; Sipos, B; Menzel, M; Sturm, E; Nadalin, S

    2015-12-01

    Clonorchiasis is a cholangiopathy caused by foodborne trematode parasites, also known as liver flukes. Clonorchiasis is endemic in a wide geographical area extending from Eastern Europe to Southeast Asia. Infested hosts may remain asymptomatic for decades and consequently their liver can become available as a graft. To date, 20 liver transplantations with liver fluke-infested grafts have been reported in the literature. All of them occurred in Asian countries. We, here, report the first case to our knowledge in the Western world of living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) with an Opisthorchis felineus-infested graft, and present a review of the literature. A 6-month-old girl with decompensated secondary biliary cirrhosis underwent an LDLT with a left lateral graft infested with O. felineus. After prompt diagnosis and adequate therapy, both donor and recipient had an uneventful postoperative course and long-term follow-up. Liver grafts infested with liver flukes do not pose a contraindication to liver donation from deceased or living donors, provided that a correct diagnosis and treatment are performed in a timely fashion. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Genetically engineered donor T cells to optimize graft-versus-tumor effects across MHC barriers

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    Ghosh, Arnab; Holland, Amanda M.; van den Brink, Marcel R.M.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been used for more than 50 years to combat hematologic malignancies. In addition to being the first stem cell therapy, transplantation has provided evidence for the potent anti-tumor effects of T cells. Facilitating T-cell-based immunity against malignancies requires a careful balancing act between generating a robust response and avoiding off-target killing of healthy tissues, which is difficult to accomplish using bulk donor T cells. To address these issues, several approaches have been developed, drawing on basic T-cell biology, to potentiate graft-versus-tumor activity while avoiding graft-versus-host disease. Current strategies for anti-tumor cell therapies include (i) selecting optimal T cells for transfer, (ii) engineering T cells to possess enhanced effector functions, and (iii) generating T-cell precursors that complete development after adoptive transfer. In this review, we assess the current state of the art in T-lineage cell therapy to treat malignancies in the context of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. PMID:24329800

  7. ABO antigen expression in graft tissue: is titration against donor erythrocytes relevant?

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    Rydberg, Lennart; Skogsberg, Ulrika; Mölne, Johan

    2007-12-27

    ABO-incompatible living donor renal transplantation has become an accepted treatment for end-stage renal disease. Two main factors appear to be important when crossing the ABO barrier, the donor organ A/B antigen expression and the amount of recipient anti-A/B antibody. Antigen expression depends on the ABO blood group and subgroup and may vary in different tissues and cells. The amount of recipient anti-A/B antibody, determined by titration, is very variable. One major drawback with titration is the lack of conformity between different laboratories, making comparisons difficult. For clinical use, the anti-A/B antibody titration technique has to be simple, rapid, and cheap, in addition to being accurate. Although there is a need for more standardized procedures for determination of ABO antibodies, existing techniques are sufficient in the clinical care of patients. To illustrate the variation in susceptibility of different graft tissues to ABO antibodies, in this paper we describe a case of an ABO-incompatible combined liver and kidney transplantation.

  8. Combined predictive value of the expanded donor criteria for long-term graft survival of kidneys from donors after cardiac death: A single-center experience over three decades.

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    Kusaka, Mamoru; Kubota, Yusuke; Sasaki, Hitomi; Fukami, Naohiko; Fujita, Tamio; Hirose, Yuichi; Takahashi, Hiroshi; Kenmochi, Takashi; Shiroki, Ryoichi; Hoshinaga, Kiyotaka

    2016-04-01

    Kidneys procured from the deceased hold great potential for expanding the donor pool. The aims of the present study were to investigate the post-transplant outcomes of renal allografts recovered from donors after cardiac death, to identify risk factors affecting the renal prognosis and to compare the long-term survival from donors after cardiac death according to the number of risk factors shown by expanded criteria donors. A total of 443 grafts recovered using an in situ regional cooling technique from 1983 to 2011 were assessed. To assess the combined predictive value of the significant expanded criteria donor risk criteria, the patients were divided into three groups: those with no expanded criteria donor risk factors (no risk), one expanded criteria donor risk factor (single-risk) and two or more expanded criteria donor risk factors (multiple-risk). Among the donor factors, age ≥50 years, hypertension, maximum serum creatinine level ≥1.5 mg/dL and a warm ischemia time ≥30 min were identified as independent predictors of long-term graft failure on multivariate analysis. Regarding the expanded criteria donors criteria for marginal donors, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension and maximum serum creatinine level ≥1.5 mg/dL were identified as significant predictors on univariate analysis. The single- and multiple-risk groups showed 2.01- and 2.40-fold higher risks of graft loss, respectively. Renal grafts recovered from donors after cardiac death donors have a good renal function with an excellent long-term graft survival. However, an increased number of expanded criteria donors risk factors increase the risk of graft loss. © 2016 The Japanese Urological Association.

  9. Enhancing alloreactivity does not restore GVHD induction but augments skin graft rejection by CD4 effector memory T cells

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    Anderson, Britt E; Tang, Anita L; Wang, Ying; Froicu, Monica; Rothstein, David; McNiff, Jennifer M; Demetris, Anthony J; Farber, Donna L; Shlomchik, Warren D; Shlomchik, Mark J

    2012-01-01

    Graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD) caused by donor T cells attacking recipient tissues is a major cause of morbidity and mortality following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT). Studies have shown that effector memory T cells (TEM) do not cause GVHD but are capable of immune functions post-transplant, including graft-vs.-leukemia (GVL) effects, but the reasons for this are unclear. In mice, the TEM pool may have a less-diverse T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire than TN with fewer alloreactive clones. We therefore tested whether enhancing the alloreactivity of TEM would restore their ability to cause GVHD. In an MHC-matched system, alloreactive TEM were created by transferring GVHD effector cells into syngeneic recipients and allowing conversion to TEM. Upon retransfer to freshly transplanted recipients, these cells caused only mild GVHD. Similarly, in an MHC-mismatched system, TEM with a proven increased precursor frequency of alloreactive clones only caused limited GVHD. Nonetheless these same cells mounted strong in vitro alloresponses and caused rapid skin graft rejection. TEM created from CD4 cells that had undergone lymphopenia-induced proliferation also caused only mild GVHD. Our findings establish that conversion to TEM significantly reduces GVHD potency, even in cells with a substantially enhanced alloreactive repertoire. PMID:21660940

  10. Antecedent thermal injury worsens split-thickness skin graft quality: A clinically relevant porcine model of full-thickness burn, excision and grafting.

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    Carlsson, Anders H; Rose, Lloyd F; Fletcher, John L; Wu, Jesse C; Leung, Kai P; Chan, Rodney K

    2017-02-01

    Current standard of care for full-thickness burn is excision followed by autologous split-thickness skin graft placement. Skin grafts are also frequently used to cover surgical wounds not amenable to linear closure. While all grafts have potential to contract, clinical observation suggests that antecedent thermal injury worsens contraction and impairs functional and aesthetic outcomes. This study evaluates the impact of antecedent full-thickness burn on split-thickness skin graft scar outcomes and the potential mediating factors. Full-thickness contact burns (100°C, 30s) were created on the backs of anesthetized female Yorkshire Pigs. After seven days, burn eschar was tangentially excised and covered with 12/1000th inch (300μm) split-thickness skin graft. For comparison, unburned wounds were created by sharp excision to fat before graft application. From 7 to 120days post-grafting, planimetric measurements, digital imaging and biopsies for histology, immunohistochemistry and gene expression were obtained. At 120days post-grafting, the Observer Scar Assessment Scale, colorimetry, contour analysis and optical graft height assessments were performed. Twenty-nine porcine wounds were analyzed. All measured metrics of clinical skin quality were significantly worse (p<0.05) in burn injured wounds. Histological analysis supported objective clinical findings with marked scar-like collagen proliferation within the dermis, increased vascular density, and prolonged and increased cellular infiltration. Observed differences in contracture also correlated with earlier and more prominent myofibroblast differentiation as demonstrated by α-SMA staining. Antecedent thermal injury worsens split-thickness skin graft quality, likely by multiple mechanisms including burn-related inflammation, microscopically inadequate excision, and dysregulation of tissue remodeling. A valid, reliable, clinically relevant model of full-thickness burn, excision and skin replacement therapy has been

  11. The efficacy of continuous fascia iliaca compartment block for pain management in burn patients undergoing skin grafting procedures.

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    Cuignet, Olivier; Pirson, Jean; Boughrouph, Jenna; Duville, Diane

    2004-04-01

    Postoperative pain from split skin donor sites is often more intense than the pain at the grafted site. In this prospective, randomized, double-blind study we assessed the efficacy of a continuous fascia iliaca compartment block (FICB) in reducing the pain at the thigh donor site. Twenty patients, with a total burn surface area of 16% +/- 13% (mean +/- SD) were randomized 1:1 to receive either ropivacaine 0.2% or saline 0.9%. All patients received a general anesthesic followed by preincision continuous FICB with 40 mL of the randomized solution, then an infusion of 10 mL/h of either ropivacaine or saline until the first dressing change (72 h later). Postoperative analgesia consisted of propacetamol 2g/6h, IV patient-controlled analgesia of morphine chlorhydrate (2 mg/mL), and morphine hydrochlorate 0.5 mg/kg PO once 60 min before first dressing change. The visual analog scale (VAS) scores were compared using the Mann-Whitney U-test preoperatively, 24 and 48 h postoperatively, and during the first dressing change. The cumulative morphine consumption was compared with repeated-measures analysis of variance followed by Scheffé's method if indicated. Patients with continuous FICB had significantly reduced postoperative morphine consumption at all time points (23 +/- 20 versus 88 +/- 29 mg after 72 h, study versus control groups, respectively; P < 0.05). In both groups, VAS scores remained low but were only significantly lower for patients with continuous FICB during the first dressing change (3 [1] versus 7 [3]; median [interquartile range]; P < 0.05). We conclude that continuous FICB is an efficient method for diminishing pain at the thigh donor site. (250 words) Postoperative pain at the split skin donor sites is often more intense than the pain at the grafted site. This prospective, randomized, double-blind study assessed the efficacy of a continuous fascia iliaca compartment block in reducing the pain at the thigh donor site.

  12. Rekeratoplasty for the Correction of Refractive Status Due to Post-LASIK Donor Graft.

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    Yagci, Ayse; Palamar, Melis; Barut Selver, Ozlem; Yaman, Banu

    2017-09-30

    We report a case of cataract-combined penetrating keratoplasty that required rekeratoplasty for refractive status because of the inadvertent use of a cornea from a donor who had undergone LASIK surgery. The case presents the use of perioperative visualization, anterior segment optic coherence tomography, and histopathologic confirmation. A 63-year-old female patient with leukoma and cataract in the left eye underwent combined cataract surgery and penetrating keratoplasty. During surgery, a jelly-like layer extending a few millimeters in diameter was observed around the lenticule. In addition, the graft was noticed to separate into 2 distinct layers, which were attributed to previous LASIK surgery. Optic coherence tomography of the postoperative anterior segment of the donor cornea also revealed a LASIK flap layer. Postoperative corneal topography displayed a power distribution of 46.8, 36.9, and 22.1 D at the 1.0-, 3.0-, and 7.0-mm corneal zones, respectively, and the best visual acuity did not improve. For this reason, rekeratoplasty was performed. Histopathologic evaluation of the excised button confirmed the presence of a LASIK flap. To the best of our knowledge, this case is the first report of penetrating keratoplasty that required rekeratoplasty due to refractive status. Perioperative discovery of a jelly-like layer due to a LASIK flap has also not been previously described. As the number of refractive surgeries increases, reliable, low-cost, and simple screening methods must be developed to more successfully detect postrefractive surgery tissue in the donor cornea supply.

  13. [Devine's technique with free skin grafting for concealed penis with prepuce deficit].

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    Xu, Xiao-Wen; Xu, Yao-Ting; Shen, Zhi-Jie; Li, Du-Jian; Gu, Wei; Huang, Ru-Qiang

    2011-07-01

    To investigate the clinical effect of Devine's technique with free skin grafting in the treatment of concealed penis with prepuce deficit. This study included 7 children with concealed penis, aged 6 - 15 (mean 8.6) years, 6 of them treated by circumcision previously. All the patients underwent Devine's operation to resect the inelasticity sarcolemma and lengthen the penis. The length of prepuce deficit ranged from 2 to 4 cm. Intermediate split thickness skin grafts of the corresponding length were taken from the femoribus internus to wrap up the tunica albuginea penis, followed by the procedures of saturation, encapsulation and fixation. Surgery time ranged from 70 to 120 minutes, averaging 90.5 minutes. The penis was prolonged about 2 - 4 cm after surgery. A 6-month follow-up revealed desirable penile appearance and normal penile erection. Devine's technique with free skin grafting from the femoribus internus is an ideal treatment for concealed penis with prepuce deficit.

  14. Digital mucous cyst: surgical closure technique based on self-grafting using skin overlying the lesion.

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    Di Chiacchio, Nilton G; Fonseca Noriega, Leandro; Ocampo-Garza, Jorge; Di Chiacchio, Nilton

    2017-04-01

    Digital mucous cysts or myxoid cysts are relatively common, benign pseudocysts of the digits typically located at the distal interphalangeal joints or in the proximal nail fold. There are several therapeutic modalities for its treatment ranging from conservative to surgical procedures; however, there is no consensus about the best approach. We describe a surgical technique based on the excision of the digital mucous cyst and reconstruction using a self-grafting from the overlying skin lesion. The use of the cyst's overlying skin as a partial cutaneous graft followed by a long-term Brown's dressing, in this case, provided a satisfactory functional and esthetic result. This technique is a new option for the reconstruction of digital mucous cyst defects that decreases the surgical time and avoids a graft removal of healthy skin and consequently a new scar. © 2017 The International Society of Dermatology.

  15. Effects of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy on Healing of Free Full-Thickness Skin Grafts in Dogs

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    STANLEY, BRYDEN J.; PITT, KATHRYN A.; WEDER, CHRISTIAN D.; FRITZ, MICHELE C.; HAUPTMAN, JOE G.; STEFICEK, BARBARA A.

    2013-01-01

    Objective To compare healing of free, full-thickness, meshed skin grafts under negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with bolster dressings in dogs. Study design Randomized, controlled experimental study, paired design. Animals Dogs (n =5) Methods Full-thickness skin wounds (4 cm ×1.5cm) were created bilaterally on the antebrachia of 5 dogs (n = 10). Excised skin was grafted to the contralateral limb. Grafts were randomized to NPWT or bolster dressings (control; CON). NPWT was applied continuously for 7 days. Grafts were evaluated on days 2, 4, 7, 10, 14 and 17, biopsied on days 0, 4, 7, and 14, and had microbial culture on day 7. Outcome variables were: time to first appearance of granulation tissue, percent graft necrosis, and percent open mesh. Significance was set at P<.05. Histologic findings, culture results, and graft appearance were reported. Results Granulation tissue appeared earlier in the NPWT grafts compared with CON grafts. Percent graft necrosis and remaining open mesh area were both greater in CON grafts compared with NPWT grafts at most time points. Histologic results showed no significant difference in all variables measured, and all cultures were negative. Conclusions Variables of graft acceptance were superior when NPWT was used in the first week post-grafting. Fibroplasia was enhanced, open meshes closed more rapidly and less graft necrosis occurred with NPWT application. More preclinical studies are required to evaluate histologic differences. PMID:23550662

  16. Wound healing: the effect of macrophage and tumour derived angiogenesis factors on skin graft vascularization.

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    Arnold, F.; West, D.; Kumar, S.

    1987-01-01

    Angiogenic factors prepared from rat Walker 256 mammary carcinoma, (TAF) and activated mouse peritoneal macrophages (MAF), were tested for their ability to stimulate vascularization during healing. They were applied to one of a pair of bilaterally symmetrical, autologous, isotopic, full thickness skin grafts in mice. Blood flow to treated and untreated graft pairs was compared by their uptake of injected 86Rb Cl, at 3 and 7 days after grafting. No difference was detected after treatment with either agent. We conclude that while angiogenic factors are important in vascularization during healing, this normally occurs at a near maximal rate and cannot be further enhanced. PMID:2443156

  17. Bioengineering dermo-epidermal skin grafts with blood and lymphatic capillaries.

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    Marino, Daniela; Luginbühl, Joachim; Scola, Simonetta; Meuli, Martin; Reichmann, Ernst

    2014-01-29

    The first bioengineered, autologous, dermo-epidermal skin grafts are presently undergoing clinical trials; hence, it is reasonable to envisage the next clinical step at the forefront of plastic and burn surgery, which is the generation of autologous skin grafts that contain vascular plexuses, preformed in vitro. As the importance of the blood, and particularly the lymphatic vascular system, is increasingly recognized, it is attractive to engineer both human blood and lymphatic vessels in one tissue or organ graft. We show here that functional lymphatic capillaries can be generated using three-dimensional hydrogels. Like normal lymphatics, these capillaries branch, form lumen, and take up fluid in vitro and in vivo after transplantation onto immunocompromised rodents. Formation of lymphatic capillaries could be modulated by both lymphangiogenic and anti-lymphangiogenic stimuli, demonstrating the potential usefulness of this system for in vitro testing. Blood and lymphatic endothelial cells never intermixed during vessel development, nor did blood and lymphatic capillaries anastomose under the described circumstances. After transplantation of the engineered grafts, the human lymphatic capillaries anastomosed to the nude rat's lymphatic plexus and supported fluid drainage. Successful preclinical results suggest that these skin grafts could be applied on patients suffering from severe skin defects.

  18. Preprosthetic mandibular vestibuloplasty with split-skin graft. A 2-year follow-up study.

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    Hillerup, S

    1987-06-01

    17 patients with lower denture malfunction problems related to insufficient residual ridges had a vestibuloplasty with split-skin graft performed in the mandible under local analgesia on an out-patient basis. The patients were followed-up for 2 years and records of vestibular extension showed a maximum of relapse at the 1-month control (24%). Most of the lost extension was regained at the 6-month check, and the 2-year outcome was 92% of the surgically-created vestibular sulcus extension as a mean value of records obtained at the midline and canine regions. A comparison with a previous study on buccal mucosal graft vestibuloplasty led to the conclusion that free grafts of skin and buccal mucosa prevent a relapse equally well under the same circumstances. 13 patients were satisfied with the improvement achieved, 3 reported fair, and 1 was dissatisfied with the result of the operation. The split-skin graft underwent a change of appearance in 5 cases interpreted as a skin graft candidosis. Indication of this condition accelerating the residual ridge resorption is discussed.

  19. Role of de novo donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies in kidney graft failure: A case-control study.

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    Castro, A; Malheiro, J; Tafulo, S; Dias, L; Martins, L S; Fonseca, I; Beirão, I; Castro-Henriques, A; Cabrita, A

    2017-11-01

    The role of de novo donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen (anti-HLA) antibodies (dnDSA) within the pathways leading to graft failure remains not fully understood. We investigated 56 patients who were transplanted between 2002 and 2014 with kidney graft failure (cases), for a possible association of development of dnDSA with graft failure. The 56 patients with failed transplants were matched with 56 patients with a functioning graft at present for the variables deceased or living donor, transplant number, transplant year, recipient age and gender, donor age and gender, dialysis vintage time, transplant induction therapy. All patients had at least one serum collected 1 year before failure (in cases) or end of follow-up (in controls). Cases and controls were very well-matched in several baseline characteristics. Post-transplant anti-HLA antibodies were found in 84% of cases and only 36% of controls (P < .001), with 54% of cases and 16% of controls (P < .001) having dnDSA at time of detection. Chronic active antibody-mediated rejection was significantly more common (P < .001) in patients with dnDSA (61% vs 12%), in 53 (47%) patients that had at least one graft biopsy performed during follow-up. dnDSA was a significant risk factor (odds ratio [OR] = 6.06; P = .003) for graft failure in a multivariable conditional logistic regression model. dnDSA as a time-dependent variable, was also an independent predictor [hazard ratio (HR) = 2.46; P = .002] of graft failure in a multivariable Cox regression analysis. In both statistical approaches, only dnDSA-II (OR = 11.90; P = .006) (HR = 2.30; P = .014) was significantly associated with graft failure. Post-transplant dnDSA was clearly associated with graft loss, particularly if against HLA class II antigens. dnDSA detection should be a tool for post-transplant monitoring of kidney graft recipients, allowing for the identification of those with a higher risk of graft failure. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John

  20. Impact of Early Reoperation following Living-Donor Liver Transplantation on Graft Survival

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    Kawaguchi, Yoshikuni; Sugawara, Yasuhiko; Akamatsu, Nobuhisa; Kaneko, Junichi; Hamada, Tsuyoshi; Tanaka, Tomohiro; Ishizawa, Takeaki; Tamura, Sumihito; Aoki, Taku; Sakamoto, Yoshihiro; Hasegawa, Kiyoshi; Kokudo, Norihiro

    2014-01-01

    Background The reoperation rate remains high after liver transplantation and the impact of reoperation on graft and recipient outcome is unclear. The aim of our study is to evaluate the impact of early reoperation following living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) on graft and recipient survival. Methods Recipients that underwent LDLT (n = 111) at the University of Tokyo Hospital between January 2007 and December 2012 were divided into two groups, a reoperation group (n = 27) and a non-reoperation group (n = 84), and case-control study was conducted. Results Early reoperation was performed in 27 recipients (24.3%). Mean time [standard deviation] from LDLT to reoperation was 10 [9.4] days. Female sex, Child-Pugh class C, Non-HCV etiology, fulminant hepatitis, and the amount of intraoperative fresh frozen plasma administered were identified as possibly predictive variables, among which females and the amount of FFP were identified as independent risk factors for early reoperation by multivariable analysis. The 3-, and 6- month graft survival rates were 88.9% (95%confidential intervals [CI], 70.7–96.4), and 85.2% (95%CI, 66.5–94.3), respectively, in the reoperation group (n = 27), and 95.2% (95%CI, 88.0–98.2), and 92.9% (95%CI, 85.0–96.8), respectively, in the non-reoperation group (n = 84) (the log-rank test, p = 0.31). The 12- and 36- month overall survival rates were 96.3% (95%CI, 77.9–99.5), and 88.3% (95%CI, 69.3–96.2), respectively, in the reoperation group, and 89.3% (95%CI, 80.7–94.3) and 88.0% (95%CI, 79.2–93.4), respectively, in the non-reoperation group (the log-rank test, p = 0.59). Conclusions Observed graft survival for the recipients who underwent reoperation was lower compared to those who did not undergo reoperation, though the result was not significantly different. Recipient overall survival with reoperation was comparable to that without reoperation. The present findings enhance the importance of

  1. Quantification of texture match of the skin graft: function and morphology of the stratum corneum.

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    Inoue, K; Matsumoto, K

    1986-01-01

    In an attempt to analyze the "texture match" of grafted skin, functional and morphological aspects of the stratum corneum were studied using the Skin Surface Hydrometer (IBS Inc.) and the scanning electron microscope. The results showed that hygroscopicity and water holding capacity of the stratum corneum played a crucial role in making the skin surface soft and smooth. Morphologically there were regional differences in the surface pattern and the mean area of corneocytes, suggesting that these differences affect skin texture. It is suggested that the present functional and morphological studies of the stratum corneum can provide a quantitative measure of the "texture match".

  2. Skin graft hypertrichosis associated with prostaglandin analog in the treatment of glaucoma.

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    Shafi, Fariha; Madge, Simon N

    2014-01-01

    Prostaglandin analogs are commonly used in the treatment of glaucoma. They are a safe and effective treatment associated with few side effects. Common local side effects include conjunctival hyperemia, iris pigmentation, and eyelash hypertrichosis. The authors present a case of a patient using travoprost treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma, who underwent excision of a lower eyelid basal cell carcinoma and reconstruction with an upper eyelid tarsoconjunctival flap and overlying skin graft. The patient developed hypertrichosis of the skin graft attributable to prostaglandin analog use.

  3. Wolfe's part in the Italian Risorgimento and his skin graft.

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    Sykes, Philip J

    2012-09-01

    A little known episode in the history of plastic surgery occurred during the Italian Risorgimento 150 years ago. Dr. J. R. Wolfe, who described the full-thickness graft which bears his name, was involved with Garibaldi in the war to unite Italy. He crossed swords with an English nurse, Jessie White Mario, and was thrown into prison. The events were recorded in the Lancet as "A Neapolitan Outrage." This article gives the details of the sad story and goes on to describe the first attempts at full-thickness grafting to correct ectropion. Wolfe was not the first to carry out this procedure and the name of Lawson is rarely remembered.

  4. Association of Pretransplant Skin Cancer With Posttransplant Malignancy, Graft Failure and Death in Kidney Transplant Recipients.

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    Kang, Woosun; Sampaio, Marcelo Santos; Huang, Edmund; Bunnapradist, Suphamai

    2017-06-01

    Posttransplant malignancy (PTM) is one of the leading causes of late death in kidney recipients. Those with a cancer history may be more prone to develop a recurrent or a new cancer. We studied the association between pretransplant skin cancer, PTM, death, and graft failure. Primary adult kidney recipients transplanted between 2005 and 2013 were included. Malignancy information was obtained from Organ Procurement Kidney Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing registration and follow-up forms. Posttransplant malignancy was classified into skin cancer, solid tumor, and posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD). Competing risk and survival analysis with adjustment for confounders were used to calculate risk for PTM, death and graft failure in recipients with pretransplant skin cancer compared with those without cancer. Risk was reported in hazard ratios (HR) with 95% confidence interval (CI). The cohort included 1671 recipients with and 102 961 without pretransplant skin malignancy. The 5-year cumulative incidence of PTM in patients with and without a pretransplant skin cancer history was 31.6% and 7.4%, respectively (P < 0.001). Recipients with pretransplant skin cancer had increased risk of PTM (sub-HR [SHR], 2.60; 95% CI, 2.27-2.98), and posttransplant skin cancer (SHR, 2.92; 95% CI, 2.52-3.39), PTLD (SHR, 1.93; 95% CI, 1.01-3.66), solid tumor (SHR, 1.44; 95% CI, 1.04-1.99), death (HR, 1.20; 95% CI, 1.07-1.34), and graft failure (HR, 1.17; 95% CI, 1.05-1.30) when compared with those without pretransplant malignancy. Pretransplant skin cancer was associated with an increased risk of posttransplant skin cancer, PTLD, solid organ cancer, death and graft failure.

  5. Differentiation of cellular reaction to alloantigens and bacterial infection in human skin graft--immunosuppressive drugs or antibiotics.

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    Moscicka-Wesolowska, M; Olszewski, W L; Zolich, D; Stelmach, E

    2002-01-01

    The human hand transplantations prompted revival of interest in evaluation of the rejection process of the grafted skin and its control with the antirejection drugs [1-3]. In case of first hand transplantation a combined immunosuppressive regimen was applied with currently available drugs resulting in acceptance of the entire composite graft. No major untoward systemic effects of antirejection therapy were observed. The most important clinical conclusion was that allogeneic skin can be accepted and function as in a normal extremity, although the attack of host cells on the graft can not be totally eliminated. Chronic perivascular and subepidermal infiltrates with recipient cells could be seen [4]. Another problem connected with skin transplantation is graft infection. Skin is inhabited by a specific spectrum of bacteria [5]. Allografted skin is more sensitive to bacterial penetration than normal skin due to local damage by the host-versus-graft cellular reaction and compromised immune reactivity to bacterial antigens by the immunosuppressive therapy. The histological pictures of rejecting skin represent a mixture of cellular reaction against the graft and penetrating microbes. Alloreaction requires modification of immunosuppressive regimen and infection is an indication for prolonged antibiotic therapy against skin bacterial flora. The question arises how to discriminate the alloreactive and bacterial changes in the skin graft. We studied the histological pictures of rejecting and infected human skin after transplantion to scid mice.

  6. Development of the mechanical properties of engineered skin substitutes after grafting to full-thickness wounds.

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    Sander, Edward A; Lynch, Kaari A; Boyce, Steven T

    2014-05-01

    Engineered skin substitutes (ESSs) have been reported to close full-thickness burn wounds but are subject to loss from mechanical shear due to their deficiencies in tensile strength and elasticity. Hypothetically, if the mechanical properties of ESS matched those of native skin, losses due to shear or fracture could be reduced. To consider modifications of the composition of ESS to improve homology with native skin, biomechanical analyses of the current composition of ESS were performed. ESSs consist of a degradable biopolymer scaffold of type I collagen and chondroitin-sulfate (CGS) that is populated sequentially with cultured human dermal fibroblasts (hF) and epidermal keratinocytes (hK). In the current study, the hydrated biopolymer scaffold (CGS), the scaffold populated with hF dermal skin substitute (DSS), or the complete ESS were evaluated mechanically for linear stiffness (N/mm), ultimate tensile load at failure (N), maximum extension at failure (mm), and energy absorbed up to the point of failure (N-mm). These biomechanical end points were also used to evaluate ESS at six weeks after grafting to full-thickness skin wounds in athymic mice and compared to murine autograft or excised murine skin. The data showed statistically significant differences (p <0.05) between ESS in vitro and after grafting for all four structural properties. Grafted ESS differed statistically from murine autograft with respect to maximum extension at failure, and from intact murine skin with respect to linear stiffness and maximum extension. These results demonstrate rapid changes in mechanical properties of ESS after grafting that are comparable to murine autograft. These values provide instruction for improvement of the biomechanical properties of ESS in vitro that may reduce clinical morbidity from graft loss.

  7. [Repairing severe cicatricial contracture deformity in web-space by kite-like incision combined with full-thickness skin grafting].

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    Liang, Liming; Chai, Jiake; Jia, Xiaoming; Wang, Yirong; Meng, Suyu; Liu, Tao

    2012-12-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of repairing severe cicatricial contracture deformity in the web-space by kite-like incision combined with full-thickness skin grafting. Between June 2008 and September 2011, 31 patients (87 web-spaces) with severe cicatricial contracture deformities in the web-spaces were treated. There were 24 males and 7 females, aged 5-43 years (median, 22 years). The causes of injuries were flame burn (26 cases), scald (3 cases), electric arc burn (1 case), and chemical burn (1 case). The degree of burn was deep second degree (14 cases) and third degree (17 cases). The interval time from injury to operation was 10 months to 17 years (median, 2.2 years). The kite-like incision was marked on the scar in the web-space. The rhombic scar between the adjacent metacarpophalangeal joints was excised, and cicatricial contracture was released completely. The secondary wound in the web-space was repaired with full-thickness autogeneic skin grafting. The secondary wound at donor site was directly sutured. All full-thickness skin grafts survived well. The incisions at donor sites healed primarily. Of 31 patients, 29 (82 web-spaces) were followed up 6-18 months (mean, 13 months). The sizes and depths of reconstructed web-spaces were similar to those of normal ones. No secondary cicatricial contracture was observed, and the function of fingers recovered well. The short-term effectiveness is satisfactory by kite-like incision combined with full-thickness skin grafting for repairing severe cicatricial contracture deformities in the web-space, while the long-term effectiveness needs further observation.

  8. Multidonor bone marrow transplantation improves donor engraftment and increases the graft versus tumor effect while decreasing graft-versus-host disease.

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    Zhanna, Yekhtina; Ester, Hirshfeld; Lola, Weiss; Offer, Gerlitz; Shimon, Slavin; Shapira, Michael Yechiel

    2011-02-01

    In partially matched donor transplantation, mandatory T-cell depletion (TCD) increases the risks of rejection/graft failure, relapse, and post-transplant infections. A multi-donor approach was offered to resolve some of these drawbacks. This hypothesis was previously tested in a TCD fully mismatched murine model. However, the effect of multi-donor transplantation (MDT) on graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and graft versus tumor (GVT) effect were never tested. To assess the safety and efficacy of MDT, we used it in non-TCD transplantation and murine breast carcinoma model. We found that when transplanting non-TCD MDT composed by C57Bl/6 and C3H cells into BALB/c, a consistent trichimerism is established, dominated by C57Bl/6 cells. Following MDT the study animals experienced reduced GVHD compare with those transplanted from C57Bl/6 alone, while the GVT effect was superior. We conclude that MDT may serve as a technique that suppresses GVHD while maintaining the GVT effect. © 2011 The Authors. Transplant International © 2011 European Society for Organ Transplantation.

  9. Low C4 gene copy numbers are associated with superior graft survival in patients transplanted with a deceased donor kidney.

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    Bay, Jakob T; Schejbel, Lone; Madsen, Hans O; Sørensen, Søren S; Hansen, Jesper M; Garred, Peter

    2013-09-01

    Complement C4 is a central component of the classical and the lectin pathways of the complement system. The C4 protein exists as two isotypes C4A and C4B encoded by the C4A and C4B genes, both of which are found with varying copy numbers. Deposition of C4 has been implicated in kidney graft rejection, but a relationship between graft survival and serum C4 concentration as well as C4 genetic variation has not been established. We evaluated this using a prospective study design of 676 kidney transplant patients and 211 healthy individuals as controls. Increasing C4 gene copy numbers significantly correlated with the C4 serum concentration in both patients and controls. Patients with less than four total copies of C4 genes transplanted with a deceased donor kidney experienced a superior 5-year graft survival (hazard ratio 0.46, 95% confidence interval: 0.25-0.84). No significant association was observed in patients transplanted with a living donor. Thus, low C4 copy numbers are associated with increased kidney graft survival in patients receiving a kidney from a deceased donor. Hence, the degree of ischemia may influence the clinical impact of complement.

  10. Circumferential negative-pressure dressing (VAC) to bolster skin grafts in the reconstruction of the penile shaft and scrotum.

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    Weinfeld, Adam Bryce; Kelley, Patrick; Yuksel, Eser; Tiwari, Pankaj; Hsu, Patrick; Choo, Joshua; Hollier, Larry H

    2005-02-01

    This paper presents 4 consecutive cases using negative-pressure dressings (VAC) to bolster skin grafts in male genital reconstruction. In this series reconstruction followed 1 case of tumor ablation and 3 cases of debridement of abscesses or Fornier's gangrene. The VAC was applied circumferentially to the penis to secure skin grafts either directly to the penile shaft or to facilitate skin grafting to the scrotum. Graft areas ranged from 75 to 250 cm. All cases resulted in successful genital wound coverage; minor complications are described. Three practical points are brought forth. First, the VAC facilitates skin grafting to the complex contour of male genitalia. Second, the VAC can be applied circumferentially to the penis without the need for perfusion monitoring or fears of avascular necrosis. Third, with the use of the VAC, bolster use can likely be discontinued as early as 72 hours with good graft adherence and survival.

  11. Post-transplant donor-specific antibody production and graft outcome in kidney transplantation: results of sixteen-year monitoring by flow cytometry.

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    Piazza, Antonina; Poggi, Elvira; Ozzella, Giuseppina; Borrelli, Laura; Scornajenghi, Alessandra; Iaria, Giuseppe; Tisone, Giuseppe; Adorno, Domenico

    2006-01-01

    Our data show that monitoring by sensitive flow cytometric techniques of the de novo production of anti-HLA antibodies in patients receiving kidney transplantation is a useful and noninvasive tool to identify the onset of an immune response towards the graft before any clinical manifestation of antibody-mediated graft injury. Consequently prospective posttransplant monitoring of anti-HLA donor-directed antibodies may offer the chance to realize an effective clinical intervention in order to prevent graft dysfunction and to prolong graft survival. The long follow-up period of the study allowed us to demonstrate a very low graft survival rate in patients who developed donor-specific HLA antibodies in comparison with patients who did not have antibodies, thus confirming the "humoral theory of transplantation". The posttransplant production of anti-HLA antibodies can predict not only graft failure but also chronic dysfunction of the graft. Moreover, our findings suggest that graft survival is influenced by the epitope- and locus-specificity of anti-HLA donor-directed antibodies. The interval between antibody appearance and loss of graft function was short in some patients but reached several years in others. Moreover, some patients showed consistent production of antibodies for many years and an uneventful clinical status. These findings suggest a mechanism of graft "accommodation" or the production of "harmless" antibodies. Immunosuppressive drug combinations able to inhibit T and B cell activation are useful tools to prevent the humoral immune response against graft and consequently to prolong graft survival.

  12. Impact of donor hematopoietic cells mobilized with G-CSF and plerixafor on murine acute graft-versus-host-disease.

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    Arbez, Jessy; Saas, Philippe; Lamarthée, Baptiste; Malard, Florent; Couturier, Mélanie; Mohty, Mohamad; Gaugler, Béatrice

    2015-07-01

    This study aimed to characterize the immune effectors contained in the grafts from donor mice mobilized by granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and plerixafor and to evaluate their impact on the development of acute graft-versus-host-disease (aGVHD). Mobilization was done with G-CSF alone or G-CSF plus plerixafor (G+P). In grafts collected after G+P mobilization, we observed a significantly higher proportion of c-kit(+)Sca-1(+) hematopoietic stem cells compared with G-CSF. A significant increase in the percentage of plasmacytoid dendritic cells was detected in the G+P graft compared with G-CSF graft. We also studied the ability of stem cell grafts mobilized with G+P to induce GVHD in a mouse model. We observed higher mortality (P < 0.001) associated with increased aGVHD clinical score (P < 0.0001) as well as higher pathology score in the intestine of mice receiving G+P as compared with G-CSF grafts (P < 0.001). Moreover, the exacerbated aGVHD severity was associated with upregulation of CCR6 expression on both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells from the G+P grafts, as well as on T cells from mice transplanted with G+P grafts. In conclusion, we showed that grafts mobilized with G+P exhibited functional features different from those mobilized with G-CSF alone, which increase the severity of aGVHD in the recipients. Copyright © 2015 International Society for Cellular Therapy. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. A Novel Nude Mouse Model of Hypertrophic Scarring Using Scratched Full Thickness Human Skin Grafts

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    Alrobaiea, Saad M.; Ding, Jie; Ma, Zengshuan; Tredget, Edward E.

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Hypertrophic scar (HTS) is a dermal form of fibroproliferative disorder that develops following deep skin injury. HTS can cause deformities, functional disabilities, and aesthetic disfigurements. The pathophysiology of HTS is not understood due to, in part, the lack of an ideal animal model. We hypothesize that human skin with deep dermal wounds grafted onto athymic nude mice will develop a scar similar to HTS. Our aim is to develop a representative animal model of human HTS. Approach: Thirty-six nude mice were grafted with full thickness human skin with deep dermal scratch wound before or 2 weeks after grafting or without scratch. The scratch on the human skin grafts was made using a specially designed jig that creates a wound >0.6 mm in depth. The xenografts were morphologically analyzed by digital photography. Mice were euthanized at 1, 2, and 3 months postoperatively for histology and immunohistochemistry analysis. Results: The mice developed raised and firm scars in the scratched xenografts with more contraction, increased infiltration of macrophage, and myofibroblasts compared to the xenografts without deep dermal scratch wound. Scar thickness and collagen bundle orientation and morphology resembled HTS. The fibrotic scars in the wounded human skin were morphologically and histologically similar to HTS, and human skin epithelial cells persisted in the remodeling tissues for 1 year postengraftment. Innovation and Conclusions: Deep dermal injury in human skin retains its profibrotic nature after transplantation, affording a novel model for the assessment of therapies for the treatment of human fibroproliferative disorders of the skin. PMID:27366591

  14. Split thickness skin grafting for recreation of the scrotum following Fournier's gangrene.

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    Maguiña, Pirko; Palmieri, Tina L; Greenhalgh, David G

    2003-12-01

    Fournier's gangrene is an infection of the genitals and perineum that is treated with extensive soft tissue debridement, often leading to loss of scrotal skin. Multiple options for reconstruction of the scrotum are available. Four cases of recreation of the scrotum with meshed split thickness skin grafts (STSG) are presented. The discussion includes a comparison of STSG with other treatment options. We conclude that STSG are a safe, technically easy treatment option with satisfactory cosmetic and functional results.

  15. Prediction of graft versus host disease by frequency analysis of cytotoxic T cells after unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation.

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    Kaminski, E; Hows, J; Man, S; Brookes, P; Mackinnon, S; Hughes, T; Avakian, O; Goldman, J M; Batchelor, J R

    1989-10-01

    HLA "matched" unrelated donor bone marrow transplants are associated with an increased incidence and severity of graft-versus-host disease in comparison with HLA-identical sibling transplants. This is presumably due to HLA and non-HLA histocompatibility differences between donor and recipient. Using a limiting dilution assay, we have previously demonstrated a relationship between cytotoxic T lymphocyte precursor frequency and HLA disparity. In this study we have compared CTL-p frequencies with clinical GVHD, and demonstrate for the first time a significant correlation (P less than 0.005) between high CTL precursor frequency prior to BMT and severity of acute GVHD after HLA A, B, DR "matched" unrelated donor transplants using T cell depleted marrow. This assay system may be of value in the final selection of HLA "matched" unrelated donors for BMT.

  16. Amelioration of acute graft-versus-host disease by NKG2A engagement on donor T cells.

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    Kawamura, Hiroki; Yagita, Hideo; Nisizawa, Tetsuro; Izumi, Nakako; Miyaji, Chikako; Vance, Russell E; Raulet, David H; Okumura, Ko; Abo, Toru

    2005-08-01

    Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) remains a major complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, which is caused by donor T cells specific for host alloantigens. In a murine model, we found that donor T cells expressed a natural killer cell inhibitory receptor, CD94/NKG2A, during the course of aGVHD. Administration of an anti-NKG2A mAb markedly inhibited the expansion of donor T cells and ameliorated the aGVHD pathologies. These results suggested that the CD94/NKG2A inhibitory receptor expressed on host-reactive donor T cells can be a novel target for the amelioration of aGVHD.

  17. Values of a Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale to Evaluate the Facial Skin Graft Scar

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    Chae, Jin Kyung; Kim, Eun Jung; Park, Kun

    2016-01-01

    Background The patient and observer scar assessment scale (POSAS) recently emerged as a promising method, reflecting both observer's and patient's opinions in evaluating scar. This tool was shown to be consistent and reliable in burn scar assessment, but it has not been tested in the setting of skin graft scar in skin cancer patients. Objective To evaluate facial skin graft scar applied to POSAS and to compare with objective scar assessment tools. Methods Twenty three patients, who diagnosed with facial cutaneous malignancy and transplanted skin after Mohs micrographic surgery, were recruited. Observer assessment was performed by three independent rates using the observer component of the POSAS and Vancouver scar scale (VSS). Patient self-assessment was performed using the patient component of the POSAS. To quantify scar color and scar thickness more objectively, spectrophotometer and ultrasonography was applied. Results Inter-observer reliability was substantial with both VSS and the observer component of the POSAS (average measure intraclass coefficient correlation, 0.76 and 0.80, respectively). The observer component consistently showed significant correlations with patients' ratings for the parameters of the POSAS (all p-values<0.05). The correlation between subjective assessment using POSAS and objective assessment using spectrophotometer and ultrasonography showed low relationship. Conclusion In facial skin graft scar assessment in skin cancer patients, the POSAS showed acceptable inter-observer reliability. This tool was more comprehensive and had higher correlation with patient's opinion. PMID:27746642

  18. Survival of skin graft between transgenic cloned dogs and non-transgenic cloned dogs.

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    Kim, Geon A; Oh, Hyun Ju; Kim, Min Jung; Jo, Young Kwang; Choi, Jin; Park, Jung Eun; Park, Eun Jung; Lim, Sang Hyun; Yoon, Byung Il; Kang, Sung Keun; Jang, Goo; Lee, Byeong Chun

    2014-01-01

    Whereas it has been assumed that genetically modified tissues or cells derived from somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) should be accepted by a host of the same species, their immune compatibility has not been extensively explored. To identify acceptance of SCNT-derived cells or tissues, skin grafts were performed between cloned dogs that were identical except for their mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplotypes and foreign gene. We showed here that differences in mtDNA haplotypes and genetic modification did not elicit immune responses in these dogs: 1) skin tissues from genetically-modified cloned dogs were successfully transplanted into genetically-modified cloned dogs with different mtDNA haplotype under three successive grafts over 63 days; and 2) non-transgenic cloned tissues were accepted into transgenic cloned syngeneic recipients with different mtDNA haplotypes and vice versa under two successive grafts over 63 days. In addition, expression of the inserted gene was maintained, being functional without eliciting graft rejection. In conclusion, these results show that transplanting genetically-modified tissues into normal, syngeneic or genetically-modified recipient dogs with different mtDNA haplotypes do not elicit skin graft rejection or affect expression of the inserted gene. Therefore, therapeutically valuable tissue derived from SCNT with genetic modification might be used safely in clinical applications for patients with diseased tissues.

  19. An in vivo comparison of commonly used topical antimicrobials on skin graft healing after full-thickness burn injury.

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    Abbas, Ozan L; Borman, Huseyin; Bahar, Taner; Ertaş, Nilgün M; Haberal, Mehmet

    2015-01-01

    Topical antimicrobials are frequently used for local control of infections in burn patients. It has been postulated that these agents retard wound healing. There are limited data about the effects of topical antimicrobial agents on skin graft healing. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effects of nitrofurazone, 1% silver sulfadiazine, and povidone-iodine on skin graft healing. Forty male rats were used in this study. A meshed skin graft, placed on an excised burn wound, was used as a model to compare topical agents with a control group. Skin graft survival rates, closure of meshed graft interstices (based on physical parameters, namely epithelialization and wound contraction), and histological changes were analyzed. Graft take was more than 85% in all groups. There was no difference between the mean values of the percent graft survival for each group (P > .05). Epithelialization occurred significantly earlier in animals in the nitrofurazone group (P < .05). There was no significant difference between groups in wound contraction rates (P >.05). There was no histological difference between the biopsy specimens of skin grafts. In specimens obtained from the interstices of the meshed graft, no significant differences were found among the groups regarding the wound healing parameters (P > .05). We found that nitrofurazone, silver sulfadiazine, and povidone-iodine had no negative effect on graft healing and take in noncontaminated burn wounds.

  20. A donor-specific epigenetic classifier for acute graft-versus-host disease severity in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Paul, Dirk S; Jones, Allison; Sellar, Rob S; Mayor, Neema P; Feber, Andrew; Webster, Amy P; Afonso, Neuza; Sergeant, Ruhena; Szydlo, Richard M; Apperley, Jane F; Widschwendter, Martin; Mackinnon, Stephen; Marsh, Steven G E; Madrigal, J Alejandro; Rakyan, Vardhman K; Peggs, Karl S; Beck, Stephan

    2015-12-15

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a curative treatment for many hematological conditions. Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a prevalent immune-mediated complication following HSCT. Current diagnostic biomarkers that correlate with aGVHD severity, progression, and therapy response in graft recipients are insufficient. Here, we investigated whether epigenetic marks measured in peripheral blood of healthy graft donors stratify aGVHD severity in human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched sibling recipients prior to T cell-depleted HSCT. We measured DNA methylation levels genome-wide at single-nucleotide resolution in peripheral blood of 85 HSCT donors, matched to recipients with various transplant outcomes, with Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChips. Using genome-wide DNA methylation profiling, we showed that epigenetic signatures underlying aGVHD severity in recipients correspond to immune pathways relevant to aGVHD etiology. We discovered 31 DNA methylation marks in donors that associated with aGVHD severity status in recipients, and demonstrated strong predictive performance of these markers in internal cross-validation experiments (AUC = 0.98, 95% CI = 0.96-0.99). We replicated the top-ranked CpG classifier using an alternative, clinical DNA methylation assay (P = 0.039). In an independent cohort of 32 HSCT donors, we demonstrated the utility of the epigenetic classifier in the context of a T cell-replete conditioning regimen (P = 0.050). Our findings suggest that epigenetic typing of HSCT donors in a clinical setting may be used in conjunction with HLA genotyping to inform both donor selection and transplantation strategy, with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcome.

  1. Prolonged acceptance of skin grafts induced by B cells places regulatory T cells on the histopathology scene

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    Langier, S.; Galvani, R.G.; Alves, A.P.G.; Fidelis, R.; Nunes, P.H.C.; Silva, M.H.; Castilho, L.R.; Monteiro, J.P.; Bonomo, A.

    2012-01-01

    The participation of regulatory T (Treg) cells in B cell-induced T cell tolerance has been claimed in different models. In skin grafts, naive B cells were shown to induce graft tolerance. However, neither the contribution of Treg cells to B cell-induced skin tolerance nor their contribution to the histopathological diagnosis of graft acceptance has been addressed. Here, using male C57BL/6 naive B cells to tolerize female animals, we show that skin graft tolerance is dependent on CD25+ Treg cell activity and independent of B cell-derived IL-10. In fact, B cells from IL-10-deficient mice were able to induce skin graft tolerance while Treg depletion of the host inhibited 100% graft survival. We questioned how Treg cell-mediated tolerance would impact on histopathology. B cell-tolerized skin grafts showed pathological scores as high as a rejected skin from naive, non-tolerized mice due to loss of skin appendages, reduced keratinization and mononuclear cell infiltrate. However, in tolerized mice, 40% of graft infiltrating CD4+ cells were FoxP3+ Treg cells with a high Treg:Teff (effector T cell) ratio (6:1) as compared to nontolerized mice where Tregs comprise less than 8% of total infiltrating CD4 cells with a Treg:Teff ratio below 1:1. These results render Treg cells an obligatory target for histopathological studies on tissue rejection that may help to diagnose and predict the outcome of a transplanted organ. PMID:22641417

  2. Negative pressure wound therapy combined with skin grafting improves surgical wound healing in the perianal area

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    Jia-zi, Shi; Xiao, Zhai; Jun-hui, Li; Chun-yu, Xue; Hong-da, Bi

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Management of large tissue defects resulting from local wide resection of perianal is a clinical challenge for surgeons. The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) following skin grafting on perianal surgical wound healing. Included in this study were 12 patients with perianal tumors who received skin grafting after perianal tumor resection between December 2012 and December 2014. A self-designed negative pressure drainage device was then applied to maintain a standard negative pressure at −150 mm Hg and removed on day 8 postoperation. The outcome was recorded immediately after NPWT and at 6-month follow-up. All skin grafts survived without infection, hematoma, and necrosis in all 12 patients. No tumor recurrence was detected during 6-month follow-up. Natural folds were observed around the anus. All patients showed normal bowel movements. NPWT following skin grafting was effective for perianal surgical wound healing and infection prevention, thus benefiting anatomical and functional recovery of the anus. PMID:27583890

  3. Tissue-engineered dermo-epidermal skin grafts prevascularized with adipose-derived cells.

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    Klar, Agnieszka S; Güven, Sinan; Biedermann, Thomas; Luginbühl, Joachim; Böttcher-Haberzeth, Sophie; Meuli-Simmen, Claudia; Meuli, Martin; Martin, Ivan; Scherberich, Arnaud; Reichmann, Ernst

    2014-06-01

    The major problem in skin grafting is that tissue-engineered skin grafts after their transplantation are initially entirely dependent on diffusion. Since this process is slow and inefficient, nutrients, growth factors, and oxygen will insufficiently be supplied and the regenerating graft will undergo a physiological crisis, resulting in scar-like dermal structures and shrinkage. The tissue-engineering of a vascular network in human dermo-epidermal skin substitutes (DESS) is a promising approach to overcome this limitation. Here we report, for the first time, on the use of the adipose stromal vascular fraction (SVF)-derived endothelial cell population to tissue-engineer DESS containing a highly efficient capillary plexus. To develop vascular networks in vitro, we employed optimized 3D fibrin or collagen type I hydrogel systems. Upon transplantation onto immune-deficient rats, these pre-formed vascular networks anastomosed to the recipient's vasculature within only four days. As a consequence, the neo-epidermis efficiently established tissue homeostasis, the dermis underwent almost no contraction, and showed sustained epidermal coverage in vivo. Overall, the here described rapid and efficient perfusion of SVF-based skin grafts opens new perspectives for the treatment of hitherto unmet clinical needs in burn/plastic surgery and dermatology. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Laparoscopic greater omentum harvesting with split-thickness skin grafting for sternal wound dehiscence.

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    Barragan, Barnard A; Halldorsson, Ari O; Wachtel, Mitchell S; Frezza, Eldo E

    2006-09-01

    Sternal wound dehiscence is a serious complication occasionally requiring soft tissue coverage. The greater omentum typically has been used as a last resort because of the underlying morbidity from a laparotomy. We present a case in which a laparoscopically created omental flap with subsequent split-thickness skin grafting was used to correct a large soft tissue defect that occurred after sternal wound dehiscence developed. A nonambulatory 49-year-old man who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting developed sternal wound dehiscence. Because a large soft tissue defect developed after multiple debridements, soft tissue coverage was required. A laparoscopically harvested omental flap spared this man's upper extremity musculature and provided a soft tissue bed for split-thickness skin grafting. This case helps to establish the role of laparoscopically harvested omentum. If the results suggested by this case are confirmed in a large series, omental flaps should be considered as options of first choice in the management of sternal wound dehiscence.

  5. Full-thickness skin grafting with de-epithelization of the wound margin for finger defects with bone or tendon exposure.

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    Lee, Jun Hee; Burm, Jin Sik; Kang, Sang Yoon; Yang, Won Yong

    2015-05-01

    Full-thickness skin grafts (FTSGs) are generally considered unreliable for coverage of full-thickness finger defects with bone or tendon exposure, and there are few clinical reports of its use in this context. However, animal studies have shown that an FTSG can survive over an avascular area ranging up to 12 mm in diameter. In our experience, the width of the exposed bones or tendons in full-thickness finger defects is <7 mm. Therefore, we covered the bone- or tendon-exposed defects of 16 fingers of 10 patients with FTSGs. The surgical objectives were healthy granulation tissue formation in the wound bed, marginal de-epithelization of the normal skin surrounding the defect, preservation of the subdermal plexus of the central graft, and partial excision of the dermis along the graft margin. The donor site was the mastoid for small defects and the groin for large defects. Most of the grafts (15 of 16 fingers) survived without significant surgical complications and achieved satisfactory functional and aesthetic results. Minor complications included partial graft loss in one patient, a minimal extension deformity in two patients, a depression deformity in one patient, and mild hyperpigmentation in four patients. We observed excellent graft survival with this method with no additional surgical injury of the normal finger, satisfactory functional and aesthetic outcomes, and no need for secondary debulking procedures. Potential disadvantages include an insufficient volume of soft tissue and graft hyperpigmentation. Therefore, FTSGs may be an option for treatment of full-thickness finger defects with bone or tendon exposure.

  6. Sequential Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen, Synthetic Skin Substitute and Skin Grafting in the Treatment of a Refractory Vasculitic Ulcer

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    Akcali, Gökhan; Uzun, Günalp; Yapici, Abdül Kerim; Yildiz, Şenol

    2015-01-01

    Cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis (CLCV) is a disorder characterized by the inflammation of the small vessels of the skin. CLCV may cause recurrent, drug-resistant, non-healing ulcers. Herein, we present a patient with a recalcitrant ulcer caused by CLCV, who was successfully treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy and skin grafting. There is not any particular therapy/product that will heal all type of wounds. We can achieve better results provided that wound care products and advanced treatments are used at the right time. PMID:26199894

  7. Sequential Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen, Synthetic Skin Substitute and Skin Grafting in the Treatment of a Refractory Vasculitic Ulcer.

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    Akcali, Gökhan; Uzun, Günalp; Yapici, Abdül Kerim; Yildiz, Şenol

    2013-12-01

    Cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis (CLCV) is a disorder characterized by the inflammation of the small vessels of the skin. CLCV may cause recurrent, drug-resistant, non-healing ulcers. Herein, we present a patient with a recalcitrant ulcer caused by CLCV, who was successfully treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy and skin grafting. There is not any particular therapy/product that will heal all type of wounds. We can achieve better results provided that wound care products and advanced treatments are used at the right time.

  8. Distally based venous flap: a new technique for the correction of syndactyly without skin graft in adult patients.

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    Cil, Yakup; Kocman, Atacan Emre; Yapici, Abdul Kerim

    2009-12-01

    Skin grafts and local flaps are conventional methods for repairing simple syndactyly. Skin grafts usually leave unsightly appearance and contracture formation. In this study, unipedicled distally based venous flap were raised from third or fourth metacarpal area of the hand for syndactyly treatment. The distally based venous flap was to provide skin coverage to one side of the finger, in order to avoid complications arising from using skin graft. Nine patients' syndactylies (5 simple incomplete and 4 simple complete syndactyly) were treated using this method. The mean follow-up period of the flaps was 14 months, ranging from 12 to 16 months. Mild edema and venous congestion occurred in all flaps. Superficial necrosis involving two flaps did not affect flap survival. All flaps survived completely. In this article, we have described a new surgical technique for the correction of syndactyly in a single surgical procedure that utilizes a distally based venous flap to provide skin coverage without skin graft.

  9. Heat acclimation improves heat exercise tolerance and heat dissipation in individuals with extensive skin grafts.

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    Schlader, Zachary J; Ganio, Matthew S; Pearson, James; Lucas, Rebekah A I; Gagnon, Daniel; Rivas, Eric; Kowalske, Karen J; Crandall, Craig G

    2015-07-01

    Burn survivors with extensive skin grafts have impaired heat dissipation and thus heat tolerance. This study tested the hypothesis that heat acclimation (HA) improves these factors in this population. Thirty-four burn survivors were stratified into highly [>40% body surface area (BSA) grafted, n = 15] and moderately (17-40% BSA grafted, n = 19) grafted groups. Nine healthy nonburned subjects served as controls. Subjects underwent 7 days of HA involving 90 min of exercise at ∼ 50% peak oxygen uptake in 40°C, 30% relative humidity. On days 1 and 7, subjects exercised in the heat at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production. Pre-HA, all controls and 18/19 subjects in the 17-40% group completed 90 min of exercise. Conversely, heat exercise tolerance was lower (P < 0.01) in the > 40% group, with 7/15 subjects not completing 90 min of exercise. Post-HA, heat exercise tolerance was similar between groups (P = 0.39) as all subjects, except one, completed 90 min of exercise. Pre-HA, the magnitude of the increase in internal temperature during exercise occurred sequentially (P ≤ 0.03) according to BSA grafted (>40%: 1.6 ± 0.5°C; 17-40%: 1.2 ± 0.3°C; control: 0.9 ± 0.2°C). HA attenuated (P < 0.01) increases in internal temperature in the control (by 0.2 ± 0.3°C), 17-40% (by 0.3 ± 0.3°C), and > 40% (by 0.3 ± 0.4°C) groups, the magnitude of which was similar between groups (P = 0.42). These data indicate that HA improves heat tolerance and dissipation in burn survivors with grafted skin, and the magnitude of these improvements are not influenced by the extent of skin grafting.

  10. Heat acclimation improves heat exercise tolerance and heat dissipation in individuals with extensive skin grafts

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    Schlader, Zachary J.; Ganio, Matthew S.; Pearson, James; Lucas, Rebekah A. I.; Gagnon, Daniel; Rivas, Eric; Kowalske, Karen J.

    2015-01-01

    Burn survivors with extensive skin grafts have impaired heat dissipation and thus heat tolerance. This study tested the hypothesis that heat acclimation (HA) improves these factors in this population. Thirty-four burn survivors were stratified into highly [>40% body surface area (BSA) grafted, n = 15] and moderately (17-40% BSA grafted, n = 19) grafted groups. Nine healthy nonburned subjects served as controls. Subjects underwent 7 days of HA involving 90 min of exercise at ∼50% peak oxygen uptake in 40°C, 30% relative humidity. On days 1 and 7, subjects exercised in the heat at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production. Pre-HA, all controls and 18/19 subjects in the 17–40% group completed 90 min of exercise. Conversely, heat exercise tolerance was lower (P < 0.01) in the >40% group, with 7/15 subjects not completing 90 min of exercise. Post-HA, heat exercise tolerance was similar between groups (P = 0.39) as all subjects, except one, completed 90 min of exercise. Pre-HA, the magnitude of the increase in internal temperature during exercise occurred sequentially (P ≤ 0.03) according to BSA grafted (>40%: 1.6 ± 0.5°C; 17–40%: 1.2 ± 0.3°C; control: 0.9 ± 0.2°C). HA attenuated (P < 0.01) increases in internal temperature in the control (by 0.2 ± 0.3°C), 17–40% (by 0.3 ± 0.3°C), and >40% (by 0.3 ± 0.4°C) groups, the magnitude of which was similar between groups (P = 0.42). These data indicate that HA improves heat tolerance and dissipation in burn survivors with grafted skin, and the magnitude of these improvements are not influenced by the extent of skin grafting. PMID:25930025

  11. Assessing the Safety of Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Synthetic Grafts in Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Graft Migration Into Hollow Viscous Organs - Diagnosis and Treatment Options.

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    Hsu, Shih-Chao; Thorat, Ashok; Yang, Horng-Ren; Poon, Kin-Shing; Li, Ping-Chun; Yeh, Chun-Chieh; Chen, Te-Hung; Jeng, Long-Bin

    2017-07-06

    BACKGROUND Our recent studies have highlighted the importance and safety of backtable venoplasty for middle hepatic vein (MHV) and inferior right hepatic veins (IRHV) reconstruction using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) vascular grafts. In this study, we aim to analyze the complications associated with ePTFE graft use and discuss the management of the rare, but, potentially life threatening complications directly related to ePTFE conduits. MATERIAL AND METHODS From January 2012 to October 2015 a total of 397 patients underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). The ePTFE vascular grafts were used during the backtable venoplasty for outflow reconstruction in 262 of the liver allografts. Recipients who developed ePTFE-related complications were analyzed. RESULTS ePTFE-related complications developed in 1.52% (4/262) of the patients. One patient (0.38%) developed complete thrombosis with sepsis at 24 months post-transplantation and died due to multiorgan failure. Three patients (1.1%) developed graft migration into the second portion of the duodenum, without overt peritonitis. Surgical exploration and ePTFE graft removal was done in all the patients. One patient died due to overwhelming sepsis. CONCLUSIONS ePTFE graft migration into the duodenum causing perforation is a new set of complications that has been recently described in LDLT and can be treated effectively by surgical removal of the infected vascular graft and duodenal perforation closure. Despite of such complications, in our experience, ePTFE use in LDLT continues to have wide safety margin, with a complication rate of only 1.52%.

  12. The modified use of Surfasoft® in skin grafts: case series.

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    Salibi, A; Chasapi, M; Farroha, A

    2016-09-30

    Surfasoft® is a monofilament woven polyamide thread. Its use over skin grafts has always been combined with other occlusive dressings. Its rapid application and transparent property makes it an ideal primary dressing in the absence of any occlusive layers after the first two days following skin graft application. We describe this modified use in our case series. We modified the use of Surfasoft® in four different burns patients and one skin cancer case. Surfasoft® was predominantly used on difficult sites and secured with either staples or sutures. A secondary occlusive dressing was only applied in the first 48 hours, then removed, leaving Surfasoft® as a single dressing until it spontaneously separated from the graft approximately 7-10 days post op. Complete healing of grafts was defined when dressing was no longer required. The majority of burns were full thickness with an average TBSA of 6.5%. Distribution was mainly to the neck and upper torso areas. The skin cancer was located on the right shoulder region. Graft healing was completed in 3-4 weeks following surgery. No complications were reported. Advantages of the modified Surfasoft® in addition to factors associated with graft survival in our series are discussed. The modified Surfasoft® was shown to be a simple and reliable dressing for meshed STSGs in both burns and elective procedures. We believe that it can be effectively used in sites associated with poor tolerance to conventional dressing and when nursing resources are limited.

  13. The modified use of Surfasoft® in skin grafts: case series

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    Salibi, A.; Chasapi, M.; Farroha, A.

    2016-01-01

    Summary Surfasoft® is a monofilament woven polyamide thread. Its use over skin grafts has always been combined with other occlusive dressings. Its rapid application and transparent property makes it an ideal primary dressing in the absence of any occlusive layers after the first two days following skin graft application. We describe this modified use in our case series. We modified the use of Surfasoft® in four different burns patients and one skin cancer case. Surfasoft® was predominantly used on difficult sites and secured with either staples or sutures. A secondary occlusive dressing was only applied in the first 48 hours, then removed, leaving Surfasoft® as a single dressing until it spontaneously separated from the graft approximately 7-10 days post op. Complete healing of grafts was defined when dressing was no longer required. The majority of burns were full thickness with an average TBSA of 6.5%. Distribution was mainly to the neck and upper torso areas. The skin cancer was located on the right shoulder region. Graft healing was completed in 3-4 weeks following surgery. No complications were reported. Advantages of the modified Surfasoft® in addition to factors associated with graft survival in our series are discussed. The modified Surfasoft® was shown to be a simple and reliable dressing for meshed STSGs in both burns and elective procedures. We believe that it can be effectively used in sites associated with poor tolerance to conventional dressing and when nursing resources are limited. PMID:28149250

  14. Impact of immunosuppression treatment on the improvement in graft survival after deceased donor renal transplantation: a long-term cohort study.

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    González-Molina, Miguel; Burgos, Dolores; Cabello, Mercedes; Ruiz-Esteban, Pedro; Rodríguez, Manuel A; Gutiérrez, Cristina; López, Verónica; Baena, Víctor; Hernández, Domingo

    2014-01-01

    We analyzed graft half-life and attrition rates in 1045 adult deceased donor kidney transplants from 1986-2001, with follow-up to 2011, grouped in two periods (1986-95 vs. 1996-01) according to immunosuppression. The Kaplan-Meier curve showed a significant increase in graft survival during 1996-2001. The uncensored real graft half-life was 10.25 years in 1986-95 and the actuarial was 14.58 years in 1996-2001 (P<0.001). The attrition rates showed a significantly greater graft loss in 1986-95, even excluding the first year from the analysis. The decline in renal function was significantly less pronounced in 1996-2001, indicating better preservation of renal function, despite the increase in donor age and stroke as the cause of donor death. The parsimonious Cox multivariate model showed donor age, acute rejection, panel reactive antibody, cold ischemia time and delayed graft function were significantly associated with a higher risk of graft loss. In contrast, the risk of graft loss fell by 21% in 1996-2001 compared with 1986-95. A similar reduction (25%) was observed when MMF treatment was entered into the multivariate model instead of study period. Long-term graft survival improved significantly in 1996-2001 compared to 1986-1995 despite older donor age. Modern immunosuppression could have contributed to the improved kidney transplant outcome.

  15. Management of subcapsular hematoma of the graft after living donor liver transplantation.

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    Kim, Dong-Sik; Lee, Sung-Gyu; Sung, Gyu-Bo; Ko, Gi-Young; Park, Kwang-Min; Kim, Ki-Hun; Ahn, Chul-Soo; Moon, Deok-Bog; Ha, Tae-Yong; Song, Gi-Won

    2006-07-01

    Subcapsular hematoma of the graft is a serious complication of liver transplantation (LT), and there has been no discussion in the literature about optimal management except in sporadic case reports. The aim of this work is to review our experience of subcapsular hematoma in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and to introduce our management strategy. Among the 818 cases of adult-to-adult LDLT between February 1997 and November 2005, there have been 4 cases of subcapsular hematoma. Two of these developed after percutaneous liver biopsy and the other 2 developed after percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD). Two developed immediately after the procedure, whereas the other 2 developed 8 and 12 days after the procedure, respectively, due to rupture of a pseudoaneurysm. Our management strategy was as follows; after performing dynamic computed tomography for initial diagnosis, these 3 steps were taken: 1) hepatic arteriography and selective embolization of bleeding focus; 2) pigtail catheter drainage (PCD) of subcapsular hematoma; and 3) hepatic vein stenting if there was a sign of outflow disturbance due to compression by a large hematoma. All 4 of our patients recovered from the insult of subcapsular hematoma. In conclusion, our results indicate that patients who develop subcapsular hematoma after LDLT can be treated nonsurgically.

  16. Tuberculin skin test positivity in pediatric allogeneic BMT recipients and donors in Turkey.

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    Tavil, Betul; Gulhan, Bora; Ozcelik, Ugur; Cetin, Mualla; Tezcan, Ilhan; Tuncer, Murat; Uckan, Duygu

    2007-06-01

    The preliminary study was performed to determine the frequency of tuberculin skin test (TST) positivity among 26 patients and their donors screened by TST to investigate whether tuberculin positivity of a recipient or donor influenced the rate of tuberculosis disease, transplant-related events, and to evaluate the effectiveness of isoniazide (INAH) prophylaxis administered to those with positive TST. The frequency of TST positivity was 23% (n = 6) among recipients and also 23% (n = 6) among donors. Two recipients and five donors with positive TST received INAH prophylaxis for six months. Our use of INAH prophylaxis in transplant patients was very conservative because of the risk of drug interaction. The transplantation procedure was not postponed for either recipient or donor TST positivity. Despite the high frequency of tuberculosis in our country, we have not detected any case of tuberculosis in our center, either among the purified protein derivative-screened (n = 26) or non-screened (n = 128) patients except for disseminated tuberculosis infection because of BCG vaccination in two patients with severe combined immunodeficiency. In conclusion, TST positivity in either recipient or donor may not be a contraindication for bone marrow transplantation and the procedure may not be postponed. Pretransplantation TST screening may be needed in countries where tuberculosis is common in the general population.

  17. Accelerated adhesion of grafted skin by laser-induced stress wave-based gene transfer of hepatocyte growth factor

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    Aizawa, Kazuya; Sato, Shunichi; Terakawa, Mitsuhiro; Saitoh, Daizoh; Tsuda, Hitoshi; Ashida, Hiroshi; Obara, Minoru

    2009-11-01

    Gene therapy using wound healing-associated growth factor gene has received much attention as a new strategy for improving the outcome of tissue transplantation. We delivered plasmid DNA coding for human hepatocyte growth factor (hHGF) to rat free skin grafts by the use of laser-induced stress waves (LISWs); autografting was performed with the grafts. Systematic analysis was conducted to evaluate the adhesion properties of the grafted tissue; angiogenesis, cell proliferation, and reepithelialization were assessed by immunohistochemistry, and reperfusion was measured by laser Doppler imaging as a function of time after grafting. Both the level of angiogenesis on day 3 after grafting and the increased ratio of blood flow on day 4 to that on day 3 were significantly higher than those in five control groups: grafting with hHGF gene injection alone, grafting with control plasmid vector injection alone, grafting with LISW application alone, grafting with LISW application after control plasmid vector injection, and normal grafting. Reepithelialization was almost completed on day 7 even at the center of the graft with LISW application after hHGF gene injection, while it was not for the grafts of the five control groups. These findings demonstrate the validity of our LISW-based HGF gene transfection to accelerate the adhesion of grafted skins.

  18. Demographic characteristics and outcome of burn patients requiring skin grafts: a tertiary hospital experience

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    Shlash, Saud Othman Al; Madani, Jamal Omran Al; Deib, Jamal Ismail El; Alsubhi, Fatemah Suliman; Saifi, Sara Saud Al; Helmi, Ayman Mohammed Adel; Al-Mutairi, Sultan Khalaf; Khurram, Javed Akhtar

    2016-01-01

    Split thickness skin graft (STSG) and full thickness skin graft (FTSG) are the integral part of burn wound management. However the impact of these graft types on the outcome still remain a matter of controversy. The purpose of this study was to determine the demographic characteristics and outcome of graft surgery of the patients undergone STSG and FTSG at Plastic Surgery Department of Prince Sultan Military Medical City (PSMMC), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This retrospective study included 85 burn patients who received STSG (56 cases) and FTSG (29 cases) at PSMMC during 2010-2015. Demographic characteristics (age, gender, etiology of burn, and area of burn) and outcome (graft loss, graft contraction, skin pigmentation, altered sensation, infection rate and duration of hospital stay) were recorded among the patients who received STSG or FTSG. Out of 85 patients 50 patients were male and 35 female with a ratio of 1.42:1. The patients under the age of 10 years comprised the largest burn group with 28 cases (32.9%) out of total 85 patients. The number of patients above the age of 30 years was relatively smaller. Flame (49.3%) and scald (27%) burns constituted the majority of burn cases. The incidence of contraction among STSG (12.5%) and in FTSG (17.2%) cases was similar. Altered sensation was observed in 7.05% of STSG patients and 13.7% of FTSG cases. Loss of graft was observed in 16% of STSG and 20.6% of FTSG patients. The pigmentation was quite similar in STSG (21.4%) and FTSG (24. 1%). The hospitalization time in FTSG (28 days) patients was also comparable with STSG (26.9 days) group. This study showed that majority of the skin graft cases at PSMMC were male under the age of 30 years mostly affected by flame or scald burns. The outcome following STSG and FTSG surgery was comparable with no significant advantage of one over the other. It may be deduced that both STSG and FTSG have relative merits and demerits and either of these grafting procedure may be

  19. Skin and kidney histological changes in graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after kidney transplantation.

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    Pintar, Tadeja; Alessiani, Mario; Pleskovič, Alojz; Pleskovič, Aleš; Zorc-Pleskovič, Ruda; Milutinović, Aleksandra

    2011-05-01

    Kidney transplantation (Ktx) is generally performed during end stage renal disease due to a loss of the kidneys' ability to filter wastes from the circulatory system. Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after Ktx is a life-threatening complication that progresses to organ failure, systemic complications, and death. The current study evaluated the significance of histologic findings of GVHD as obtained from skin biopsies following Ktx in swine. A swine model of Ktx with tacrolimus-based immunosuppression was used to assess possible correlations between acute-graft-cellular rejection and skin histological findings for prediction of GVHD. Animals were divided into a Ktx treatment group or a control group with no Ktx and skin and kidney biopsies were histologically assessed at postoperative days 0, 15, 30, 45 and 60. Skin samples were analyzed and classified from grade 1 to 4 of skin GVHD and the major histopathological changes of kidney acute cellular rejection were described using Banff's score system. We observed a significant linear correlation between the histological grading values of skin biopsy changes and the histological grading values of kidney biopsies (Kendall's tau_b=0.993) in the Ktx experimental group. No histological changes were observed in controls. Our findings demonstrate the diagnostic value of staging skin GVHD after Ktx and suggest it's future utility for monitoring long term Ktx-induced changes.

  20. 3-D Imaging Reveals Participation of Donor Islet Schwann Cells and Pericytes in Islet Transplantation and Graft Neurovascular Regeneration.

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    Juang, Jyuhn-Huarng; Kuo, Chien-Hung; Peng, Shih-Jung; Tang, Shiue-Cheng

    2015-02-01

    The primary cells that participate in islet transplantation are the endocrine cells. However, in the islet microenvironment, the endocrine cells are closely associated with the neurovascular tissues consisting of the Schwann cells and pericytes, which form sheaths/barriers at the islet exterior and interior borders. The two cell types have shown their plasticity in islet injury, but their roles in transplantation remain unclear. In this research, we applied 3-dimensional neurovascular histology with cell tracing to reveal the participation of Schwann cells and pericytes in mouse islet transplantation. Longitudinal studies of the grafts under the kidney capsule identify that the donor Schwann cells and pericytes re-associate with the engrafted islets at the peri-graft and perivascular domains, respectively, indicating their adaptability in transplantation. Based on the morphological proximity and cellular reactivity, we propose that the new islet microenvironment should include the peri-graft Schwann cell sheath and perivascular pericytes as an integral part of the new tissue.

  1. Liver abscess developed after cadaveric liver transplantation due to ligation of an accessory right hepatic artery of the donor graft.

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    Yu, Young-Dong; Kim, Dong-Sik; Byun, Geon-Young; Suh, Sung-Ock

    2012-10-01

    It is important that extrahepatic arteries are identified precisely at the time of graft procurement. We present a case where the accessory right hepatic artery of the liver was ligated leading to postoperative liver abscess formation in the liver graft. A forty-seven-year-old female patient diagnosed with liver cirrhosis underwent orthotopic cadaveric liver transplantation due to altered mentality. The donor graft showed a variant of the hepatic artery anatomy where an accessory right hepatic artery arose from the superior mesenteric artery. This artery was accidentally transected during procurement. Since the back bleeding test using perfusion fluid was good, the artery was ligated. Postoperative abdominal computed tomography scan revealed a 6 cm low attenuating lesion in the liver. The patient underwent conservative treatment. We believe that even small accessory arteries (1 to 2 mm) should be reconstructed whenever possible to avoid postoperative complications such as liver abscess.

  2. Intravenous infusion of apoptotic cells simultaneously with allogeneic hematopoietic grafts alters anti-donor humoral immune responses.

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    Perruche, Sylvain; Kleinclauss, François; Bittencourt, Marcelo de Carvalho; Paris, Dominique; Tiberghien, Pierre; Saas, Philippe

    2004-08-01

    Intravenous infusion of apoptotic donor or third-party leukocytes simultaneously with an allogeneic donor bone marrow (BM) graft favors engraftment across major histocompatibility barriers. While verifying that such apoptotic cell infusion might not also be associated with antibody (Ab)-mediated allo-immune responses, we found, rather strikingly, that apoptotic cell infusion could in fact successfully prevent a humoral allo-immunization against a BM graft in mice. Indeed, among recipients having rejected their BM graft, prior apoptotic cell infusion was associated with a near absence of Ab-mediated allo-responses, while such an immunization was frequently observed in the absence of apoptotic cell infusion. This was also observed when infusing host apoptotic cells, thus showing that the prevention of immunization was linked to the apoptotic state of the cells rather than mediated by residual anti-recipient activity. In vivo anti-transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) treatment resulted in the loss of this apoptotic cell infusion-associated protective effect on humoral allo-responses. Further studies will determine whether apoptotic cell infusion, in addition to hematopoietic graft facilitation might also contribute to preventing deleterious Ab-mediated allo-responses in various transplantation settings.

  3. Novel method of laparoendoscopic single-site and natural orifice specimen extraction for live donor nephrectomy: single-port laparoscopic donor nephrectomy and transvaginal graft extraction

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    Jeong, Won Jun; Choi, Byung Jo; Hwang, Jeong Kye; Yuk, Seung Mo; Song, Min Jong

    2016-01-01

    Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy (DN) has been established as a useful alternative to the traditional open methods of procuring kidneys. To maximize the advantages of the laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) method, we applied natural orifice specimen extraction to LESS-DN. A 46-year-old woman with no previous abdominal surgery history volunteered to donate her left kidney to her husband and underwent single-port laparoscopic DN with transvaginal extraction. The procedure was completed without intraoperative complications. The kidney functioned well immediately after transplantation, and the donor and recipient were respectively discharged 2 days and 2 weeks postoperatively. Single-port laparoscopic DN and transvaginal graft extraction is feasible and safe. PMID:26878020

  4. Graft-induced behavioral recovery from subcallosal septohippocampal damage in rats depends on maturity stage of donor tissue.

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    Cassel, J C; Kelche, C; Peterson, G M; Ballough, G P; Goepp, I; Will, B

    1991-01-01

    Long-Evans female rats sustained electrolytic lesions of the fimbria and the dorsal fornix and, 10-14 days later, received intrahippocampal suspension grafts of septal-diagonal band tissue from either 14-day-old (Group S14, n = 8) or 16-day-old fetuses (Group S16, n = 10), or of parietal cortex from 16-day-old fetuses (Group Cx, n = 10). Sham-operated (Group S, n = 10) and lesion-only (Group Fifo, n = 21) rats served as non-grafted controls. Spontaneous alternation was assessed in a T-maze at three weeks and two months post-grafting. Home cage and open field activity as well as radial maze learning were assessed from two months post-grafting onwards. Fimbria-fornix lesions induced lasting hyperactivity in both the open field and the home cage, impaired radial maze learning and transiently reduced spontaneous alternation rates. Neither type of graft significantly affected home cage activity. Septal-diagonal band grafts improved open field habituation (within trial decline of ambulatory activity) and radial maze learning; the former was observed only in S16 rats, whereas the latter was observed only in S14 rats. Acetylcholinesterase histochemistry revealed an initial lesion-induced depletion of hippocampal acetylcholinesterase (eight days post-surgery) which was no longer observed at the end of the experiment. Acetylcholinesterase positivity was similar in S14 and S16 grafts, which also contained many choline acetyltransferase-positive neurons. Cortical grafts were found to be almost devoid of acetylcholinesterase positivity and no well-stained choline acetyltransferase-positive neurons could be identified. Septal-diagonal band grafts from 14-day-old fetuses and cortical grafts contained more parvalbumin-positive neurons than septal-diagonal band grafts provided by 16-day-old fetuses. These results suggest that grafts rich in cholinergic neurons may promote behavioral recovery from fimbria-fornix lesion-induced deficits. However, such a recovery may concern different

  5. Recombinant IL-7/HGFβ hybrid cytokine separates acute graft-versus-host-disease from graft-versus-tumour activity by altering donor T cell trafficking.

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    Hu, Rong; Liu, Yalan; Song, Yinhong; Su, Min; Lu, Xiuling; Rood, Debra; Lai, Laijun

    2016-11-01

    Given that donor T cells from a transplant contribute both the desired graft-versus-tumour (GVT) effect and detrimental graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), strategies to separate GVHD and GVT activity are a major clinical goal. We have previously demonstrated that in vivo administration of a recombinant (r)IL-7/HGFβ hybrid cytokine, consisting of interleukin-7 (IL-7, IL7) and the β-chain of hepatocyte growth factor (HGFβ), significantly inhibits the growth of cancer cells in murine tumour models. The antit-umour effect of rIL-7/HGFβ is related to a marked infiltration T cells in the tumour tissues. We have also shown that GVHD was not induced in rIL-7/HGFβ-treated T cell-depleted allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients. We show here that, in T cell-replete allogeneic HSCT murine models, rIL-7/HGFβ attenuated acute GVHD (aGVHD), while promoting GVT activity. This was related to an alteration of donor T cell trafficking, with an increased infiltration of donor T cells into tumour tissues and the lympho-haematopoietic system but decreased number of the T cells in the GVHD target organs. Therefore, rIL-7/HGFβ may offer a new tool to alleviate aGVHD while prompting GVT, and to study the molecular regulation of T cell trafficking. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Graft Immunocomplex Capture Fluorescence Analysis to Detect Donor-Specific Antibodies and HLA Antigen Complexes in the Allograft.

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    Nakamura, Tsukasa; Ushigome, Hidetaka; Watabe, Kiyoko; Imanishi, Yui; Masuda, Koji; Matsuyama, Takehisa; Harada, Shumpei; Koshino, Katsuhiro; Iida, Taku; Nobori, Shuji; Yoshimura, Norio

    2017-04-01

    Immunocomplex capture fluorescence analysis (ICFA) is an attractive method to detect donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (DSA) and HLA antigen complexes. Currently, antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) due to DSA is usually diagnosed by C4d deposition and serological DSA detection. Conversely, there is a discrepancy between these findings frequently. Thereupon, our graft ICFA technique may contribute to establish the diagnosis of AMR. Graft samples were obtained by a percutaneous needle biopsy. Then, the specimen was dissolved in PBS by the lysis buffer. Subsequently, HLA antigens were captured by anti-HLA beads. Then, DSA-HLA complexes were detected by PE-conjugated anti-human IgG antibodies, where DSA had already reacted with the allograft in vivo, analyzed by a Luminex system. A ratio (sample MFI/blank beads MFI) was calculated: ≥ 1.0 was determined as positive. We found that DSA-HLA complexes in the graft were successfully detected from only slight positive 1.03 to 79.27 in a chronic active AMR patient by graft ICFA. Next, positive graft ICFA had predicted the early phase of AMR (MFI ratio: 1.38) even in patients with no serum DSA. Finally, appropriate therapies for AMR deleted DSA deposition (MFI ratio from 0.3 to 0.7) from allografts. This novel application would detect early phase or incomplete pathological cases of AMR, which could lead to a correct diagnosis and initiation of appropriate therapies. Moreover, graft ICFA might address a variety of long-standing questions in terms of DSA. AMR: Antibody-mediated rejection; DSA: Donor-specific antibodies; ICFA: Immunocomplex capture fluorescence analysis.

  7. No association between donor age and recipient outcomes: transfusion of plasma in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery.

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    Guinn, Nicole R; Waldron, Nathan H; Cooter, Mary L; Goldberg, Corinne L; Kertai, Miklos D; Raghunathan, Karthik; Bandarenko, Nicholas; Hoffman, Maureane; Bennett-Guerrero, Elliott

    2016-07-01

    Recent animal studies suggest that transfusion of plasma from young donors reverses age-related neurologic and cardiac changes in older recipients. Associations between age of blood product donors and corresponding outcomes in recipients have not been studied in humans. Therefore, our primary objective was to examine this relationship between donor age and recipient outcomes among patients that received plasma during and after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. This retrospective cohort included patients undergoing CABG surgery who received plasma during or after surgery. All plasma units transfused were evenly divided into tertiles based on the plasma donor age (17-37, 38-50, and 51-86 years), and CABG patients receiving all perioperative plasma within a single donor tertile were studied. Patient demographics and outcomes including mortality, length of stay (LOS), and acute kidney injury (AKI) were measured. Overall, 1306 patients (24% of 5339) received American Red Cross plasma perioperatively, with a median dose of 2 units. In a multivariate model of 1-year mortality, transfusion of a greater number of plasma units (p = 0.0007) and EuroSCORE (p < 0.0001) were significantly associated with patient mortality while donor age was not. There was no difference in mortality between patients receiving plasma from donors in the youngest, middle, or oldest age tertile (10.2 and 8.1% vs. 7.8%, respectively, p = 0.76). Other outcomes, including rates of AKI or LOS, were also independent of plasma donor age. We did not observe an association between donor age and recipient outcomes among patients who received plasma perioperatively while undergoing CABG surgery. © 2016 AABB.

  8. Prevalence of abdominal aortic calcifications in older living renal donors and its effect on graft function and histology.

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    Wu, En-Haw; Wojciechowski, David; Chandran, Sindhu; Yeh, Benjamin M; Park, Meyeon; Westphalen, Antonio; Wang, Zhen J

    2015-10-01

    We assessed the prevalence of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) in older living kidney donors and its effect on recipient eGFR and graft histology. A total of 292 consecutive living pairs with donor age ≥50 from 2003 to 2013 were identified (mean age 56; range 50-78; F/M: 1.8). Donor AAC was determined by prenephrectomy unenhanced CT. Recipient eGFR and spot urine protein: creatinine ratios (UPCRs) were recorded. A total of 180 recipients had 6-month protocol biopsies. AAC was present in 40.7% of donors, and they were older (58.6 versus 54.7 years old, P < 0.0001) and more likely to be male (77.6% vs. 37.3%, P = 0.004). There was no significant difference in eGFR or spot UPCR up to 36 months in recipients of allografts from donors with versus without AAC. At 6-month biopsy, there was a higher percentage of allografts with vascular fibrous intimal thickening and arteriolar hyaline thickening from donors with versus without AAC (vascular fibrous intimal thickening: 38.8% vs. 7.1% and arteriolar hyaline thickening: 35.8% vs. 7.1%; P < 0.001 for both). The presence of donor AAC predicts the presence of vascular disease [vascular fibrous intimal thickening (OR: 7.2; CI:2.9-17.9) and arteriolar hyaline thickening (OR:5.7; CI:2.3-14.1)] in allografts at 6 months. Donor AAC is predictive of renal vascular disease and may help to improve the screening of potential donors and inform post-transplant management.

  9. Skin graft vascular maturation and remodeling: a multifractal approach to morphological quantification.

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    Gould, Daniel J; Reece, Gregory P

    2012-10-01

    One important contributor to tissue graft viability is angiogenic maturation of the graft tissue bed. This study uses scale-invariant microvascular morphological quantification to track vessel maturation and remodeling in a split-thickness skin-grafting model over 21 days, comparing the results to classical techniques. Images from a previous study of split-thickness skin grafting in rats were analyzed. Microvascular morphology (fractal and multifractal dimensions, lacunarity, and vessel density) within fibrin interfaces of samples over time was quantified using classical semi-automated methods and automated multifractal and lacunarity analyses. Microvessel morphology increased in density and complexity, from three to seven days after engraftment and then regressed by 21 days. Vessel density increased from 0.07 on day 3 to 0.20 on day 7 and then decreased to 0.06 on day 21. A similar trend was seen for the fractal dimension that increased from 1.56 at three days to 1.77 at seven days then decreased to 1.57 by 21 days. Vessel diameters did not change whereas complexity and density did, signaling remodeling. This new automated analysis identified design parameters for tissue engraftment and could be used in other models of graft vessel biology to track proliferation and pruning of complex vessel beds. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Skin Graft Vascular Maturation and Remodeling: A Multifractal Approach to Morphological Quantification

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    Gould, Daniel J.; Reece, Gregory P.

    2012-01-01

    Objective One important contributor to tissue graft viability is angiogenic maturation of the graft tissue bed. This study uses scale-invariant microvascular morphological quantification to track vessel maturation and remodeling in a split-thickness skin grafting model over 21 days, comparing the results to classical techniques. Methods Images from a previous study of split-thickness skin grafting in rats were analyzed. Microvascular morphology (fractal and multifractal dimensions, lacunarity, and vessel density) within fibrin interfaces of samples over time was quantified using classical semi-automated methods and automated multifractal and lacunarity analyses. Results Microvessel morphology increased in density and complexity, from 3 to 7 days after engraftment and then regressed by 21 days. Vessel density increased from 0.07 on day 3 to 0.20 on day 7 and then decreased to 0.06 on day 21. A similar trend was seen for the fractal dimension which increased from 1.56 at 3 days to 1.77 at 7 days then decreased to 1.57 by 21 days. Vessel diameters did not change while complexity and density did, signaling remodeling. Conclusions This new automated analysis identified design parameters for tissue engraftment and could be used in other models of graft vessel biology to track proliferation and pruning of complex vessel beds. PMID:22672367

  11. [De-epidermized free skin graft in the treatment of eventrations and hernias].

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    Caloghera, C; Mihăilescu, A; Popovici, P; Lazăr, F; Tatiuc, A

    1980-01-01

    The study investigated the efficiency of the non-epidermic free skin graft in the treatment of eventration and of hernia. It includes an experimental and a clinical stage. The experimental study investigated the biological integration of the autograft and of histological changes that take place. The authors attempted to determine the optimal site for the insertion of the graft between the parietal anatomic layers, as well as to evaluate their role as a prosthesis. The experiments demonstrated a perfect integration of the dermal auto-graft, as well as the new solidity that it will impart to the wall. The non-epidermic free skin graft was used over a period of 15 years (1964--1978) in a total of 134 patients. The use of the dermic graft is simple from the technical viewpoint, and the post-operative morbidity is not significant. A retrospective clinical study was carried out in 62 patients over a period of 1 to 12 years. Only two relapses were noted (3,2 percent of the total). In the remaining cases the abdominal wall was very solid and there was no sign of eventration.

  12. Early evaluation of immune reconstitution following allogeneic CD3/CD19-depleted grafts from alternative donors in childhood acute leukemia.

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    Pérez-Martínez, A; González-Vicent, M; Valentín, J; Aleo, E; Lassaletta, A; Sevilla, J; Vicario, J L; Ramírez, M; Díaz, M A

    2012-11-01

    Graft engineering procedures for hematopoietic SCT (HSCT) may improve the chance of success in matched unrelated donor (MUD) and haploidentical donor transplantations. Successful donor immune reconstitution is important to mediate GVL effects in reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) HSCT. We prospectively investigated early immune reconstitution and clinical outcome in 30 CD3/CD19-depleted MUD (n=15) or HP (n=15) HSCTs for high-risk childhood leukemia using a fludarabine-based RIC without serotherapy. The graft consisted of a mean of 10.5 × 10(6)/kg CD34+, 77 × 10(3)/kg CD3+ and 39 × 10(6)/kg CD56+ cells. After transplantation, 86% of the patients engrafted. In all, 13% of patients had >grade 3 acute GVHD. Natural killer (NK) cell, DC and T-cell recovery achieved normal values within the first 60 days after transplantation. DC recovery was dominated by the DC2(-) subset. NK-cell phenotype was altered and cytotoxicity was lower compared with their donors. EFS was 50±9% (73±11% for those in CR1 and 26±11% for those with advanced disease). Faster DC2(-) recovery was associated with better outcome, especially in the MUD setting. In summary, CD3/CD19-depleted HSCT with fludarabine-based RIC without serotherapy resulted in favorable patient survival, and rapid NK, DC and T-cell recovery.

  13. Five-year clinical effects of donor bone marrow cells infusions in kidney allograft recipients: improved graft function and higher graft survival.

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    Solgi, Ghasem; Gadi, Vijayakrishna; Paul, Biswajit; Mytilineos, Joannis; Pourmand, Gholamreza; Mehrsai, Abdolrasoul; Ranjbar, Moslem; Mohammadnia, Mousa; Nikbin, Behrouz; Amirzargar, Ali Akbar

    2013-01-01

    Augmentation of microchimerism in solid organ transplant recipients by donor bone marrow cells (DBMC) infusion may promote immune hyporesponsiveness and consequently improve long-term allograft survival. Between March 2005 and July 2007, outcomes for 20 living unrelated donor (LURD) primary kidney recipients with concurrent DBMC infusion (an average of 2.19 ± 1.13 x 10⁹ donor cells consisting of 2.66 ± 1.70 x 10⁷ CD34⁺ cells) were prospectively compared with 20 non-infused control allograft recipients given similar conventional immunosuppressive regimens. With five years of clinical follow up, a total of 11 cases experienced rejection episodes (3 DBMI patients vs. 8 controls, p = 0.15). One DBMC-infused patient experienced chronic rejection vs. two episodes (1 biopsy-confirmed) in the control patients. Actuarial and death-censored 5-y graft survival was significantly higher in infused patients compared with controls (p = 0.01 and p = 0.03, respectively). Long-term graft survival was significantly associated with pre-transplant anti-HLA antibodies (p = 0.01), slightly with peripheral microchimerism (p = 0.09) and CD4⁺CD25⁺FoxP3⁺ T cells (p = 0.09). Immunosuppressant dosing was lower in infused patients than controls, particularly for mycophenolate mofetil (p = 0.001). The current findings as well as our previous reports on these patients indicates clinical improvement in long-term graft survival of renal transplant patients resulting from low-dose DBMC infusion given without induction therapy.

  14. Construction of Skin Graft Seams in Burn Patients: A Prospective Randomized Double-Blinded Study.

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    Isaac, Kathryn; Umraw, Nisha; Cartotto, Robert

    Prominent scars and contractures may form along the seams between adjacent skin grafts. Seams may be constructed either by approximating the graft edges (AP), or by slightly overlapping the graft edges (OV), but it is not known if one technique creates a less conspicuous seam scar. The purpose of this study was to compare seam scars between seams constructed using the AP and OV techniques. This was a prospective within-patient and within-seam controlled study in adult burn patients treated at an American Burn Association-verified burn center. At skin graft application and seam construction, study seams were divided in half. One half of the seam was made by approximating the graft edges (AP group), while the other half was made by overlapping graft edges (OV group), before identical staple or suture fixation of each half. The AP or OV technique was randomly assigned to the medial or lateral ends of transversely oriented seams or to the proximal and distal ends of longitudinally oriented seams. At 3, 6, and 12 months post surgery, a blinded rater compared the two halves of each study seam scar using the Vancouver Scar Score (VSS). Subjects were also blinded and rated each half of their study seam using a 0 (poor) to 10 (excellent) visual analogue scale. Values are shown as the median (Q1-Q3). There were 44 study seams among 19 subjects (age 51 [36-70] years, with % TBSA burn 10 [7-18], % BSA full-thickness burn 8 [6-15]). Study seams were constructed at 10 (4-15) days post burn. Study seam length was 14.5 (10.3-18.0) cm, with 25% transversely oriented and 75% longitudinally oriented, and with 35/44 seams (80%) between meshed grafts and 9/44 (20%) between sheet grafts. There were no significant differences in any of the individual domain VSS scores (height, pliability, vascularity, and pigmentation) or total VSS score between AP and OV seams at 3, 6, and 12 months. At 12 months, among the 30 study seams that were visible to the subjects, the visual analogue scale

  15. Topography of cutaneous mechanoreceptive neurones in dorsal root ganglia of skin-grafted frogs.

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    Baker, R E; Corner, M A; Veltman, W A

    1978-11-01

    1. Topographical distribution patterns of dorsal root ganglion (d.r.g.) cutaneous neurones providing innervation to various body surfaces were examined in doublypithed Discoglossus pictus frogs.2. Using electrophysiological methods, sensory neurones innervating back skin were observed to predominate on the dorsal ganglionic surfaces, while belly skin neurones were most prevalent in the caudal half of the d.r.g. ventral surfaces. Flank neurones clustered in the medial half of d.r.g. ventral surfaces.3. Cutaneous neuronal distribution patterns within the d.r.g. of 180 degrees skin grafted animals were indistinguishable from those observed in control frogs.4. Sensory neurone distribution patterns were found to be altered in all animals with single skin type grafts. Projection patterns were always heaviest towards the autograft, which was on the opposite body surface (i.e. dorsally located d.r.g. sensory neurones projected to back skin on the frog's ventrum, while ventrally located neurones projected to belly skin on the frog's dorsum).5. The results are discussed in the light of several selective outgrowth mechanisms which have been proposed as a possible underlying basis for the development of misdirected wiping reflex behaviour in skin grafted anurans. The findings indicate that none of the proposed selective growth mechanisms can account adequately for the development of misdirected wiping reflexes, at least in the species studied.6. It is suggested that selective cell replacement, based upon competition among prespecified cutaneous neurones, might best account for the development of normal and misdirected wiping reflexes in frogs.

  16. [IV Consensus meeting of the Spanish Society of Liver Transplantation (SETH) 2012. Liver transplant with non-conventional grafts: Split liver transplantation and non-heart beating donors].

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    Abradelo, Manuel; Fondevila, Constantino

    2014-03-01

    The disbalance between the number of candidates to liver transplant and the number of liver grafts leads to waiting list mortality. Two potential ways of increasing the number of liver grafts are split liver transplantation and the transplantation of grafts from non-heart beating donors. Both of them were discussed in a consensus meeting of the Spanish Society of Liver Transplantation in October 2012. This paper outlines the conclusions of that meeting.

  17. Near-infrared spectroscopic analysis of hemodynamics and mitochondrial redox in right lobe grafts in living-donor liver transplantation.

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    Mitsuta, H; Ohdan, H; Fudaba, Y; Irei, T; Tashiro, H; Itamoto, T; Asahara, T

    2006-04-01

    Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), which enables non-destructive evaluation of hemoglobin (Hb) oxygenation and the redox state of cytochromeoxidase (Cyt.aa3) in living tissues, has been employed during surgery to detect possible impairment of hemodynamics and mitochondrial respiration in the anterior segment of a right lobe liver graft in living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Thirty-six patients undergoing LDLT using a right lobe graft without the middle hepatic vein (MHV) were enrolled in this study. During the course of harvesting and implantation, NIRS measurements were performed on the anterior segments of the liver grafts. In two recipients of liver grafts with Hb residue over 70% in the anterior segment after ex vivo flushing, the MHV tributary was reconstructed, while it was not reconstructed in the other 34 recipients. Of those 34 recipients, 16 recipients of liver graft with 40-70% Hb residue showed transient increase of transaminase levels after LDLT. Of those 16 recipients, six recipients who showed reduction in oxidized Cyt.aa3 in the anterior segment suffered from persistent hyperbilirubinemia after LDLT. In patients showing impairment of mitochondrial redox associated with congestion caused by deprivation of the MHV tributaries, reconstruction of the MHV tributaries might have a beneficial effect.

  18. Effect of human skin grafts on whole-body heat loss during exercise heat stress: a case report.

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    Ganio, Matthew S; Gagnon, Daniel; Stapleton, Jill; Crandall, Craig G; Kenny, Glen P

    2013-01-01

    When exposed to heat stress, increases in cutaneous blood flow and sweating in well-healed grafted skin are severely attenuated, which could impair whole-body heat loss if skin grafts cover a large portion of total body surface area (TBSA). It is unknown to what extent whole-body heat loss is impaired when skin grafts cover a significant (eg, >50%) proportion of TBSA. The authors examined whole-body heat exchange during and after 60 min of cycling exercise in the heat (35°C; 25% relative humidity), at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production (~400 W) in a woman (age, 36 years; mass, 78.2 kg) with well-healed (17+ years) skin grafts covering 75% of TBSA. Her responses were compared with two noninjured control subjects. Whole-body evaporative and dry heat exchange were measured by direct calorimetry. While exercising in the same ambient conditions and at the same rate of heat production, relative evaporative heat loss of nongrafted skin in the grafted subject (ie, evaporative heat loss per m) was nearly twice that of the control subjects. However, total rate of evaporative heat loss reached only 59% of the amount required for heat balance in the skin-grafted subject compared with 92 ± 3% in controls. Thus, the increase in core temperature was 2-fold greater for the grafted (1.22°C) vs control (0.61 ± 0.19°C) individuals. This case study demonstrates that a large area of grafted skin greatly diminishes maximum evaporative heat loss during exercise in the heat, making a compensable environment for control subjects uncompensable for skin-grafted individuals.

  19. Efficacy of bubaline fibrin glue on full-thickness pinch and punch skin grafting in a pig.

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    Dejyong, Krittee; Kaewamatawong, Theerayuth; Brikshavana, Pasakorn; Durongphongtorn, Sumit

    2017-03-01

    Fibrin glue, which is formed from the action of thrombin (a serine protease) on fibrinogen, has been developed for use as an adhesive to increase the success of skin graft surgery. The objective of this study was to evaluate if bubaline fibrin glue would promote skin graft survival in pigs. The grafting was divided into two steps. First, granulation wound preparation was performed in a healthy swine by creating four full-skin depth wounds (3 × 12 cm(2)) at the dorsal part of the loin area on each side. Second, pinch and punch skin grafting, where eight skin discs (0.6 cm diameter) were regularly placed (0.6 cm distance apart) in the granulation tissue bed of each wound, was performed 5 days later. The bubaline fibrin glue was added prior to application of the 16 skin graft discs in two of the wounds, while no glue was added to the other 16 skin graft discs in the other two wounds. The number of surviving graft pieces and histological examination was evaluated after 3, 7, and 14 days post-operation and compared by pairing between the control and the bubaline fibrin glue groups. The number of grafts that remained at 3 and 7 days post-operation and the number of new microvessels at 3 days post-operation were significantly higher ( p < 0.05) in the bubaline fibrin glue group than in the control group. However, there was no significant difference in the number of fibroblasts, the intensity of scarring and the intensity of inflammation between the two groups, except for the significantly lower intensity of inflammation at 7 days post-operation in the bubaline fibrin glue group. In conclusion, bubaline fibrin glue has the advantage of decreasing the skin graft loss by approximately 31.3-37.5% compared with the control group and also promotes angiogenesis.

  20. Salvage Splenic Artery Embolization for Saving Falling Living Donor Graft due to Portal Overflow: A Case Report.

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    Okabe, H; Yoshizumi, T; Ikegami, T; Uchiyama, H; Harimoto, N; Itoh, S; Kimura, K; Baba, H; Maehara, Y

    2016-11-01

    Portal decompression is an approach for reducing portal overflow caused by small-for-size syndrome. We report the case of a patient who recovered from rapidly progressing hyperbilirubinemia caused by a small graft by decompressing portal overflow with splenic artery embolization following a living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). The patient was a 54-year-old man with end-stage liver disease secondary to alcoholic liver cirrhosis; the donor was his 54-year-old wife. The graft volume of the left lobe was 444 mL, which was 34.8% of the standard liver volume (SLV) and insufficient for the recipient; thus, the plan was to use the right lobe for the graft. The patient underwent LDLT with a right lobe graft; the volume to SLV ratio was 39.1%, and the graft-to-recipient-weight ratio was 0.72%. Although portal pressure was low during the operation, the patient eventually developed small-for-size syndrome after LDLT. It was conceivable that because the patient had splenomegaly, portal decompression would be effective. Splenic arterial embolization was performed successfully on postoperative day (POD) 7. The patient's total bilirubin level was increased to 40 mg/dL on POD16. Decreased portal flow, which was shown by ultrasound screening to be "to-and-flo," increased again on POD23 to one-third of that on POD1. He was discharged without any infectious complications. Additional splenic artery embolization after LDLT may be a convenient option for reducing portal overflow for patients with splenomegaly if the portal decompression was not performed for some reason at the surgery.

  1. Liver graft hyperperfusion in the early postoperative period promotes hepatic regeneration 2 weeks after living donor liver transplantation

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    Byun, Sung Hye; Yang, Hae Soo; Kim, Jong Hae

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Hepatic regeneration is essential to meet the metabolic demands of partial liver grafts following living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Hepatic regeneration is promoted by portal hyperperfusion of partial grafts, which produces shear stress on the sinusoidal endothelium. Hepatic regeneration is difficult to assess within the first 2 weeks after LDLT as the size of liver graft could be overestimated in the presence of postsurgical graft edema. In this study, we evaluated the effects of graft hyperperfusion on the rate of hepatic regeneration 2 weeks after LDLT by measuring hepatic hemodynamic parameters. Thirty-six patients undergoing LDLT were enrolled in this study. Hepatic hemodynamic parameters including peak portal venous flow velocity (PVV) were measured using spectral Doppler ultrasonography on postoperative day 1. Subsequently, we calculated the ratio of each velocity to 100 g of the initial graft weight (GW) obtained immediately after graft retrieval on the day of LDLT. Ratios of GW to recipient weight (GRWR) and to standard liver volume (GW/SLV) were also obtained. The hepatic regeneration rate was defined as the ratio of the regenerated volume measured using computed tomographic volumetry at postoperative week 2 to the initial GW. Correlations of the hemodynamic parameters, GRWR, and GW/SLV with the hepatic regeneration rate were assessed using a linear regression analysis. The liver grafts regenerated to approximately 1.7 times their initial GW (1.7 ± 0.3 [mean ± standard deviation]). PVV/100 g of GW (r2 = 0.224, β1 [slope coefficient] = 2.105, P = 0.004) and velocities of the hepatic artery and vein per 100 g of GW positively correlated with the hepatic regeneration rate, whereas GRWR (r2 = 0.407, β1 = –81.149, P < 0.001) and GW/SLV (r2 = 0.541, β1 = –2.184, P < 0.001) negatively correlated with the hepatic regeneration rate. Graft hyperperfusion demonstrated by increased hepatic

  2. Microsurgical management of complex fingertip injuries: comparison to conventional skin grafting.

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    Rose, E H; Norris, M S; Kowalski, T A

    1988-01-01

    In selected cases of severe fingertip injuries, an aggressive approach using microvascular and microneural techniques can yield functional results equal or superior to conventional methods of treatment in less severe injuries. A series of 20 patients were treated microsurgically from 1983 to 1986 for severe acute distal finger injuries or their early sequelae--five distal replantations, eight neurovascular free tissue transfers, and nine distal neurorrhaphies/nerve grafts with or without vascular conduit. Concurrently, 33 simpler tip avulsions were treated with full-thickness skin grafts for comparison. In the microsurgical series, one replant and the distal 1 cm of a free toe flap necrosed. Replants averaged two-point discrimination of 9.8 mm and pulp pinch 65 percent of normal; free toe transfers, two-point of 6 mm, pulp pinch 58 percent; distal nerve reconstruction, two-point 6 mm. Operating time per digit averaged 5.0 hours for replants, 4.3 hours for toe flaps, and 1.5 hours for nerve repair/grafts. All patients returned to full pre-injury employment within six months. None required revisional surgery for dysesthetic fingertips. In the conventional skin graft series, greater than six months follow-up is available in 17 patients. Average two-point was 7 mm (range: 3 to greater than 15 mm) and pulp pinch 83 percent of normal. There were seven poor results with cold intolerance, numbness, and paresthesias, three of which required revisional surgery. The data suggest that microsurgical management of fingertip injuries achieves results comparable to skin grafts, despite the greater complexity of the initial injury. This approach has resulted in fewer secondary tip revisions. Operative times are acceptable. Parameters of sensory return are similar, although pulp pinch is slightly less. Disability times are comparable to the average in major pulp losses. Of importance, final permanent partial factors of disability are diminished in rating, due to retained digital

  3. Surgical Skin Markers Impair Human Saphenous Vein Graft Smooth Muscle and Endothelial Function

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    EAGLE, SUSAN; BROPHY, COLLEEN M.; KOMALAVILAS, PADMINI; HOCKING, KYLE; PUTUMBAKA, GOWTHAMI; OSGOOD, MICHAEL; SEXTON, KEVIN; LEACCHE, MARZIA; CHEUNG-FLYNN, JOYCE

    2012-01-01

    Marking human saphenous vein graft (HSV) with a surgical skin marker to prevent twisting on implantation is a common practice in peripheral and coronary artery bypass procedures. This study is designed to examine the effects of surgical skin markers on the HSV smooth muscle and endothelial functional responses. De-identified HSV remnants were collected during peripheral and coronary artery bypass procedures. Physiologic responses of the HSV were measured using a muscle bath. Veins that were marked with surgical skin markers intraoperatively generated significantly less contractile force to depolarizing KCl (110 mM) and receptor-mediated contractile agonists than unmarked HSV, suggesting that surgical skin markers impaired HSV smooth muscle contractility. To directly access the effects of chemical components in the surgical skin markers, unmarked HSV was exposed to isopropyl alcohol (a solvent commonly used in surgical skin markers) or methylene blue (a dye). Smooth muscle contractility was significantly reduced by isopropyl alcohol and methylene blue. Endothelial-dependent relaxation to carbachol was significantly reduced after exposure to surgical skin markers. Our data demonstrated that marking HSV with surgical skin markers reduces smooth muscle and endothelial functional viability. PMID:21944360

  4. Treatment of Postburn Ear Defect With Expanded Upper Arm Flap and Consequent Expansion Without Skin Grafting

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    Hu, Jintian; Liu, Tun; Zhou, Xu; Zhang, Yong-Biao; Zhang, Qingguo

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Total ear reconstruction in the postburn auricle is one of the most challenging procedures for plastic surgeons. Adverse factors associated with these procedures include reduced or damaged blood supply, poor elasticity of scar tissue, increased risk of infection, and the possible destruction of skin, temporoparietal fascia, or retroauricular fascia. In cases where patients are severely burned, free flaps, such as radial forearm flaps, contralateral temporoparietal fascial flaps, or omental flaps, can be used as framework envelopes. In this work, we introduced a novel method of expanded upper arm flap transfer, followed by an expansion method of total ear reconstruction without skin grafting. PMID:24589517

  5. Renal transplantation across the donor-specific antibody barrier: Graft outcome and cancer risk after desensitization therapy.

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    Yang, Ching-Yao; Lee, Chih-Yuan; Yeh, Chi-Chuan; Tsai, Meng-Kun

    2016-06-01

    Desensitization regimens including use of intravenous immune globulin and rituximab have been reported to overcome renal transplant hyperacute rejection. A retrospective case-control study was performed to assess the results and complications of renal transplantation with desensitization therapy for donor-specific antibody (DSA) in a transplant center in Asia, where donor exchange was usually not allowed. Between January 2007 and December 2013, 22 patients with DSA received live-donor renal transplantation after desensitization (DSA group). During the same period, the DSA group was compared to the NSA group (152 renal transplants) who had no specific antibody to the donors (66 from deceased donors and 86 from living relatives). Rejection, renal function, graft and patient survival rates, infection, and cancer incidence were reviewed and analyzed from medical records. The DSA group (46.8%) had significantly higher acute rejection rates than the NSA group (13.7%) at the 1-year follow-up. The estimated renal function, 5-year graft, and patient survival rates were comparable between the groups. The DSA group (19.6%) had significantly higher 5-year de novo cancer incidence than the NSA group (8.5%; p = 0.028); three patients of the DSA group developed urothelial carcinoma 17.0 ± 3.0 months after transplantation. By using stepwise Cox regression analysis, desensitization therapy was identified as the sole independent risk factor for post-transplant urothelial carcinoma. When compared to renal transplantation without DSA, desensitization therapy for DSA resulted in equivalent renal transplant outcome but potentially increased risk of urothelial carcinoma after transplantation. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  6. The treatment of deep dermal hand burns: How do we achieve better results? Should we use allogeneic keratinocytes or skin grafts?

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    Haslik, W; Kamolz, L-P; Lumenta, D B; Hladik, M; Beck, H; Frey, M

    2010-05-01

    The treatment of deep dermal burns has a broad spectrum and has been subject to discussion over the past years. The treatment of hand burns is challenging due to the high requirements to aesthetic and functional outcome. 27 patients, 7 women and 20 men with deep dermal hand burns with a mean age of 41.3+/-16.5 and a mean TBSA of 15%+/-19.6% were treated either with allogeneic cryopreserved keratinocytes or with split skin grafts. Long-term follow-up revealed no statistical significant differences between the two groups concerning Vancouver Scar Scale as well as hand function judged by the DASH score; however there was a tendency to higher VSS scores and impaired aesthetic results in the keratinocyte group. Allogeneic keratinocytes are a suitable armentarium for the treatment of deep dermal hand burns; and, if used correctly, they can produce a timely healing comparable to split-thickness skin grafts. Limited availability, high costs as well as the need for special skills are key factors, which render application of this technique outside specialist burn centres virtually impossible. In our opinion, the cultivation and use of keratinocytes should be reserved to these centres in order to facilitate a sensible application for a full range of indications. We recommend usage of allogeneic keratinocytes for deep dermal hand burns only in severely burned patients with a lack of donor sites. Patients with unrestricted availability of donor sites seem to profit from the application of split-thickness skin grafts according to our results. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

  7. Evaluation of Epidermal Skin Grafts for the Treatment of Complex Wounds in a Wound Care Center: A 94-Patient Case Series.

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    Lincoln, Katherine; Hyde, Jessica

    2016-10-01

    In recent years, a new technology for autologous epidermal harvesting has been developed to produce epidermal skin grafts (ESGs) for use over wounds. This technology employs negative pressure and heat to raise the epidermal skin layer, allowing for consistent and reproducible epidermal harvesting. The aim of this case series is to present the authors' experience using an automated, epidermal harvesting system to produce ESGs to treat wounds of patients with multiple comorbidities. This case series was conducted between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Patients with wounds (≤ 25 cm2) that failed to heal were treated with ESGs by a group of 3 wound care physicians in 2 outpatient wound care centers in a community health center setting. A total of 94 patients with 102 wounds were identified. Of the 94 patients, 3 were noncompliant and 9 were lost to follow-up. Therefore, 82 patients with 90 wounds were included in the analysis. The majority of wounds demonstrated epithelialization (83/90, 92.2%). Of the 90 wounds, 75 (83.3%) healed following epidermal grafting, 4 (4.4%) wounds displayed improvement, and 11 (12.2%) did not heal. Minimal or no pain at the donor site was reported by the patients, and all donor sites healed without complications. This case series provides additional evidence for the use of ESGs for the treatment of wounds that fail to heal.

  8. Impact of early graft function on 10-year graft survival in recipients of kidneys from standard- or expanded-criteria donors.

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    Smail, Nassima; Tchervenkov, Jean; Paraskevas, Steven; Baran, Dana; Mucsi, Istvan; Hassanain, Mazen; Chaudhury, Prosanto; Cantarovich, Marcelo

    2013-07-27

    The use of kidneys from expanded-criteria donors (ECD) is regarded with caution. We compared 279 kidney transplant recipients (KTxR) from standard-criteria donors (SCD) and 237 from ECD, transplanted between January 1990 and December 2006. We evaluated the impact of immediate graft function (IGF), slow graft function (SGF), and delayed graft function (DGF) and the drop in estimated glomerular filtration rate (ΔeGFR) ≤ 30% or > 30% during the first year after transplantation on long-term patient and death-censored graft survival (DCGS). Ten-year patient survival was similar in SCD- or ECD-KTxR (P = 0.38). DCGS was better in SCD-KTxR versus ECD-KTxR (77.3% vs. 67.3%; P = 0.01). DCGS did not differ in either group experiencing IGF (P = 0.17) or DGF (P = 0.12). However, DCGS was worse in ECD-KTxR experiencing SGF (84.9% vs. 73.7%; P = 0.04). Predictors of DCGS were 1-year serum creatinine (hazard ratio, 1.03; P < 0.0001) and ΔeGFR > 30% between 1 and 12 months (Δ1-12eGFR) after transplantation (hazard ratio, 2.2; P = 0.02). In ECD-KTxR with IGF and more than 1-year follow-up, 10-year DCGS was better in those with Δ1-12eGFR ≤ 30% versus those with Δ1-12eGFR > 30% (83.8% vs. 53.6%; P = 0.01). Recipients of SCD or ECD kidneys with IGF or DGF had similar 10-year patient survival and DCGS. SGF had a worse impact on DCGS in ECD-KTxR. In addition to 1-year serum creatinine, Δ1-12eGFR > 30% is a negative predictor of DCGS. Larger studies should confirm if increasing the use of ECD, avoiding factors that contribute to SGF or DGF, and/or a decline in eGFR during the first year after transplantation may expand the donor pool and result in acceptable long-term outcomes.

  9. Impact of de novo donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies on grafts outcomes in simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation.

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    Malheiro, Jorge; Martins, La Salete; Tafulo, Sandra; Dias, Leonídio; Fonseca, Isabel; Beirão, Idalina; Castro-Henriques, António; Cabrita, António

    2016-02-01

    De novo donor-specific antibodies (dDSA) relevance in simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplantation has been scarcely investigated. We analyzed dDSA relationship with grafts outcomes in a long-term follow-up SPK-transplanted cohort. In 150 patients that received SPK transplant between 2000 and 2013, post-transplant anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies were screened and identified using Luminex-based assays in sera collected at 3, 6, and 12 months, then yearly. dDSA were detected in 22 (14.7%) patients at a median 3.1 years after transplant. Pretransplant anti-HLA sensitization (OR = 4.64), full HLA-DR mismatch (OR = 4.38), and previous acute cellular rejection (OR = 9.45) were significant risk factors for dDSA. dDSA were significantly associated with kidney (in association with acute rejection) and pancreas graft failure. In dDSA+ patients, those with at least one graft failure presented more frequently dDSA against class II or I + II (P = 0.011) and locusDQ (P = 0.043) and had a higher median dDSA number (P = 0.014) and strength (P = 0.030). Median time between dDSA emergence and pancreas and kidney graft failure was 5 and 12 months, respectively. Emergence of dDSA increased the risk of grafts failure in SPK-transplanted patients. Full HLA-DR mismatch was associated with dDSA emergence. dDSA characteristics might help identify patients at a higher risk of graft failure. © 2015 Steunstichting ESOT.

  10. Interactions of donor sources and media influence the histo-morphological quality of full-thickness skin models.

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    Lange, Julia; Weil, Frederik; Riegler, Christoph; Groeber, Florian; Rebhan, Silke; Kurdyn, Szymon; Alb, Miriam; Kneitz, Hermann; Gelbrich, Götz; Walles, Heike; Mielke, Stephan

    2016-10-01

    Human artificial skin models are increasingly employed as non-animal test platforms for research and medical purposes. However, the overall histopathological quality of such models may vary significantly. Therefore, the effects of manufacturing protocols and donor sources on the quality of skin models built-up from fibroblasts and keratinocytes derived from juvenile foreskins is studied. Histo-morphological parameters such as epidermal thickness, number of epidermal cell layers, dermal thickness, dermo-epidermal adhesion and absence of cellular nuclei in the corneal layer are obtained and scored accordingly. In total, 144 full-thickness skin models derived from 16 different donors, built-up in triplicates using three different culture conditions were successfully generated. In univariate analysis both media and donor age affected the quality of skin models significantly. Both parameters remained statistically significant in multivariate analyses. Performing general linear model analyses we could show that individual medium-donor-interactions influence the quality. These observations suggest that the optimal choice of media may differ from donor to donor and coincides with findings where significant inter-individual variations of growth rates in keratinocytes and fibroblasts have been described. Thus, the consideration of individual medium-donor-interactions may improve the overall quality of human organ models thereby forming a reproducible test platform for sophisticated clinical research.

  11. Skin grafted latissimus dorsi flap for reconstruction of lateral aesthetic units of the face.

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    Longo, Benedetto; Laporta, Rosaria; Pagnoni, Marco; Campanale, Antonella; Grippaudo, Francesca Romana; Santanelli Di Pompeo, Fabio

    2015-03-01

    Reconstruction of large defects of the lateral region of the face is rather challenging due to the unique color, texture, and thickness of soft tissues in this area. Microsurgical free flaps represent the gold standard, providing superior functional and aesthetic restoration. Purpose of this study was to assess reliability of skin-grafted latissimus dorsi (LD) flap, for a pleasant and symmetric reconstruction of the lateral aesthetic units of the face compared to a control group of patients addressed to perforator flaps. From November 2008 to June 2012, 5 patients underwent skin-grafted LD flap reconstruction of defects involving the lateral aesthetic units of the face, with 8.1 ± 0.5 × 9.7 ± 1.3 cm mean size. A 1-to-4 Likert scale was used to assess skin color, texture, shape, and bulkiness. Using the Pressure-Specified Sensory Device epicritic, proprioceptive, and protopathic sensitivities were tested. Outcomes were compared with those of a control group of 5 patients addressed to reconstruction with perforator flaps (3 anterolateral thigh flap, 2 vertical deep inferior perforator flap). At mean 21-month follow-up all flaps healed uneventfully without need for revisions, all developing more satisfactory results in terms of skin color (P = 0.028) and texture (P = 0.021) match, shape (P = 0.047) and bulkiness (P = 0.012) compared with perforator flaps. No differences in epicritic, proprioceptive, and protopathic sensitivities were observed (P > 0.05) between the two groups. Skin-grafted LD flap may be a suitable option for reconstruction of wide defects of the lateral aesthetic units of the face.

  12. Maintenance of donor phenotype after full-thickness skin transplantation from mice with chronic proliferative dermatitis (cpdm/cpdm) to C57BL/Ka and nude mice and vice versa.

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    Gijbels, M J; HogenEsch, H; Bruijnzeel, P L; Elliott, G R; Zurcher, C

    1995-12-01

    Chronic proliferative dermatitis is a spontaneous mutation in C57BL/Ka mice (cpdm/cpdm) and is characterized by epithelial hyperproliferation, infiltration by eosinophils and macrophages, and vascular dilatation. To elucidate whether these pathologic features are the result of a local (skin) process or a consequence of a systemic disorder, transplantations were performed of full-thickness grafts of affected skin from cpdm/cpdm mice and normal skin from control (C57BL/Ka) mice on the back of cpdm/cpdm, C57BL/Ka and athymic nude mice. After 3 months, the grafts maintained the histologic phenotype of the donor animal. Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 continued to be expressed by basal keratinocytes of the cpdm/cpdm grafts after transplantation. In contrast, the basal keratinocytes of the C57BL/Ka grafts onto cpdm/cpdm mice remained negative for intercellular adhesion molecule-1 3 months after transplantation. An increased number of proliferating keratinocytes was present in the cpdm/cpdm skin-graft transplanted to nudes or to C57BL/Ka mice based on short-term bromodeoxyuridine labeling. The bromodeoxyuridine incorporation in the keratinocytes of the control C57BL/Ka skin grafts transplanted to cpdm/cpdm, nude, or C57BL/Ka mice was the same as in the keratinocytes of normal C57BL/Ka mice. This study demonstrates that the pathologic features found in the cpdm/cpdm mice are the result of a disorder in the epidermis or dermis and not due to a systemic defect.

  13. Outcome of partial reconstruction of multiple hepatic arteries in pediatric living donor liver transplantation using left liver grafts.

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    Lee, Kyo Won; Lee, Sanghoon; Oh, Dong Kyu; Na, Byung Gon; Choi, Jin Yong; Cho, Wontae; Lee, Seunghwan; Kim, Jong Man; Choi, Gyuseong; Kwon, Choon Hyuck David; Joh, Jae-Won; Lee, Suk-Koo

    2016-08-01

    Partial liver grafts used in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) may have multiple hepatic artery (HA) stumps. This study was designed to validate the safety of partial reconstruction of multiple HAs in pediatric LDLT cases. From January 2000 to June 2014, 136 pediatric LDLT recipients were categorized into three groups: single HA group (Group 1, n = 74), multiple HAs with total reconstruction group (Group 2, n = 23), and multiple HAs with partial reconstruction group (Group 3, n = 39). Partial reconstruction was performed only when there was pulsatile back-bleeding after larger HA reconstruction and sufficient intrahepatic arterial flow was confirmed by Doppler ultrasound (DUS). There was no significant difference in biliary complication rate, artery complication rate, patient survival, and graft survival among these groups. Risk factor analysis revealed that the presence of multiple HAs and partial reconstruction of multiple HAs were not risk factors of biliary anastomosis stricture. In conclusion, partial reconstruction of HAs during pediatric LDLT using a left liver graft with multiple HA stumps does not increase the risk of biliary anastomosis stricture or affect graft survival when intrahepatic arterial communication is confirmed by pulsatile back-bleeding and DUS. © 2016 Steunstichting ESOT.

  14. Influence of oxygen content immediately after graft reperfusion on occurrence of postoperative acute kidney injury in living donor liver transplantation.

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    Chae, Min Suk; Lee, Nuri; Park, Da Hye; Lee, Jisoo; Jung, Hyun Sik; Park, Chul Soo; Lee, Jaemin; Choi, Jong Ho; Hong, Sang Hyun

    2017-08-01

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). In this study, we investigated perioperative factors, including oxygen content, related to the postoperative development of AKI after LDLT. The perioperative data of 334 patients were reviewed retrospectively. We identified the postoperative development of AKI based on the Acute Kidney Injury Network criteria. Perioperative variables, including oxygen content, were compared between patients with and without AKI. Potentially significant variables in a univariate analysis were evaluated by multivariate analysis. Postoperative AKI developed in 76 patients (22.7%). Univariate analysis revealed that preoperative factors (body mass index [BMI], diabetes mellitus, C-reactive protein) and intraoperative factors (severe postreperfusion syndrome, packed red blood cell transfusion, furosemide, and oxygen content at the anhepatic phase, 5 minutes and 1 hour after graft reperfusion, and at peritoneal closure) of recipients were significant. The multivariate analysis showed that oxygen content 5 minutes after graft reperfusion, BMI, and furosemide administration were independently associated with postoperative AKI. In conclusion, postoperative AKI was independently associated with oxygen content 5 minutes after graft reperfusion, BMI, and furosemide administration. Meticulous ventilator care and transfusion should be required to maintain sufficient oxygen content immediately after graft reperfusion in patients who undergo LDLT.

  15. Bortezomib-Based Graft-Versus-Host Disease Prophylaxis in HLA-Mismatched Unrelated Donor Transplantation

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    Koreth, John; Stevenson, Kristen E.; Kim, Haesook T.; McDonough, Sean M.; Bindra, Bhavjot; Armand, Philippe; Ho, Vincent T.; Cutler, Corey; Blazar, Bruce R.; Antin, Joseph H.; Soiffer, Robert J.; Ritz, Jerome; Alyea, Edwin P.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose HLA-mismatched unrelated donor (MMUD) hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) is associated with increased graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and impaired survival. In reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC), neither ex vivo nor in vivo T-cell depletion (eg, antithymocyte globulin) convincingly improved outcomes. The proteasome inhibitor bortezomib has immunomodulatory properties potentially beneficial for control of GVHD in T-cell-replete HLA-mismatched transplantation. Patients and Methods We conducted a prospective phase I/II trial of a GVHD prophylaxis regimen of short-course bortezomib, administered once per day on days +1, +4, and +7 after peripheral blood stem-cell infusion plus standard tacrolimus and methotrexate in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing MMUD RIC HSCT. We report outcomes for 45 study patients: 40 (89%) 1-locus and five (11%) 2-loci mismatches (HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, or -DQB1), with a median of 36.5 months (range, 17.4 to 59.6 months) follow-up. Results The 180-day cumulative incidence of grade 2 to 4 acute GVHD was 22% (95% CI, 11% to 35%). One-year cumulative incidence of chronic GVHD was 29% (95% CI, 16% to 43%). Two-year cumulative incidences of nonrelapse mortality (NRM) and relapse were 11% (95% CI, 4% to 22%) and 38% (95% CI, 24% to 52%), respectively. Two-year progression-free survival and overall survival were 51% (95% CI, 36% to 64%) and 64% (95% CI, 49% to 76%), respectively. Bortezomib-treated HLA-mismatched patients experienced rates of NRM, acute and chronic GVHD, and survival similar to those of contemporaneous HLA-matched RIC HSCT at our institution. Immune recovery, including CD8+ T-cell and natural killer cell reconstitution, was enhanced with bortezomib. Conclusion A novel short-course, bortezomib-based GVHD regimen can abrogate the survival impairment of MMUD RIC HSCT, can enhance early immune reconstitution, and appears to be suitable for prospective randomized evaluation. PMID:22869883

  16. Case report: living donor liver transplantation for giant hepatic hemangioma using a right lobe graft without the middle hepatic vein

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    2014-01-01

    Hepatic hemangioma patients with Kasabach-Merritt syndrome have reportedly been cured by liver transplantation. However, liver transplantation as a potential cure for a stable patient without Kasabach-Merritt syndrome remains debatable. We report the case of a 27-year-old female patient with a giant hepatic hemangioma. The hemangioma measured 50 × 40 × 25 cm in size and weighed 15 kg, which is the largest and heaviest hemangioma reported in the literature. The patient showed jaundice, ascites, anemia, and appetite loss; but no disseminated intravascular coagulation was observed through laboratory findings. We successfully operated using a right lobe graft without the middle hepatic vein from a 55-year-old donor. At the long-term follow-up, the patient experienced two acute rejections, which were confirmed by biopsy. However, the patient still survives with good graft function after 50 months. PMID:24708716

  17. Transfusion associated graft versus host disease following whole blood transfusion from an unrelated donor in an immunocompetent patient.

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    Patel, Ketan K; Patel, Atul K; Ranjan, Rajiv R; Shah, Apurva P

    2010-09-01

    Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a well-known complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Transfusion associated graft-versus-host disease (TA-GVHD) is much less common and nearly uniformly fatal complication of blood transfusion. The risk factors underlying the development of TA- GVHD are incompletely defined, but it is commonly seen in individuals with congenital or acquired immunodeficiency, transfusions from blood relatives, intrauterine transfusions and HLA-matched platelet transfusions. Diagnosis of TA-GVHD may be difficult at a time due to rarity in occurrence and overlapping clinical features with various infections and drug reactions. We describe a case of transfusion-associated GVHD that occurred after transfusion of whole blood from unrelated donor in an immunocompetent patient.

  18. Graft arterial stenosis in kidney en bloc grafts from very small pediatric donors: incidence, timing, and role of ultrasound in screening.

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    Bent, C; Fananapazir, G; Tse, G; Corwin, M T; Vu, C; Santhanakrishnan, C; Perez, R V; Troppmann, C

    2015-11-01

    In previous studies with different donor selection criteria and noncontemporary surgical techniques, graft arterial stenosis (GAS) has been reported to occur more frequently in adult recipients of pediatric en bloc renal allografts (EBKT) as compared to single adult donor allografts. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the incidence of GAS within our EBKT recipient population and to evaluate clinical and imaging features of those cases with GAS. In a retrospective cohort study, we analyzed 182 EBKT performed at a single institution. We identified cases of suspected GAS based on clinical factors, lab results, and noninvasive imaging. Diagnosis of GAS was confirmed by digital subtraction angiography. Two EBKT recipients (1.1% of 182) had angiographically confirmed GAS at 2.5 and 4.5 months after transplant. In both cases, the stenoses were short segment within the proximal (perianastomotic) donor aorta, color Doppler ultrasound demonstrated peak systolic velocities of >400 cm/s, and poststenotic parvus tardus waveforms were present. Both patients underwent angioplasty and demonstrated postintervention improvement in renal function and blood pressure. Restenosis did not occur during follow up. In conclusion, recipients of EBKT have a low incidence of GAS, similar to the lowest reported for adult single allografts.

  19. Fate of donor cells in vascularized bone grafts: identification of systemic chimerism by the polymerase chain reaction.

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    Muramatsu, Keiichi; Bishop, Allen T; Sunagawa, Toru; Valenzuela, Richard G

    2003-02-01

    Systemic chimerism, or the movement of cells from a transplanted tissue into host organs, is a phenomenon known to occur in association with development of immunological tolerance in allotransplantation. However, little is known about the fate and movement of cells into or out of autogenous free tissue transfers, including vascularized bone grafts. The purpose of this study was to identify systemic chimerism in vascularized bone grafts by transplantation of a vascularized tibiofibular graft from isogenous (inbred) male Lewis rats to female recipients. Donor (male) cells could be identified in the recipient (female) tissues by semiquantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis for a Y chromosome-specific DNA sequence. Chimerism was assessed at 1, 12, 18, and 24 weeks after transplantation. Competitive polymerase chain reaction study using the specific primers for a Y-chromosome marker ( gene) and an autosomal gene (GAPDH) allowed detection of small amounts of male cells in a large pool of female cells and measurement of their relative proportions as a function of time. Of 19 nonimmunosuppressed recipients, nine animals (47 percent) showed low-level chimerism (<0.1 percent) in the peripheral blood. Nine (47 percent), three (16 percent), and two (11 percent) recipients showed high-level chimerism (>1 percent) in the spleen, liver, and thymus, respectively, at final assessment. Donor cells were detected in all bone grafts and in six contralateral tibial bones (i.e., 67 percent of sampled contralateral tibial bones) at 18 and 24 weeks after transplantation. Twenty-four recipients were immunosuppressed with FK506 (tacrolimus) to suppress reaction to a minor histocompatibility barrier present on the Y chromosome. In this group, 14 animals (58 percent) showed low-level chimerism in peripheral blood and 12 (50 percent), eight (33 percent), and one (4 percent) recipients showed high-level chimerism in the spleen, thymus, and liver, respectively. Transplanted cells were

  20. Tissue-engineered skin preserving the potential of epithelial cells to differentiate into hair after grafting.

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    Larouche, Danielle; Cuffley, Kristine; Paquet, Claudie; Germain, Lucie

    2011-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate whether tissue-engineered skin produced in vitro was able to sustain growth of hair follicles in vitro and after grafting. Different tissues were designed. Dissociated newborn mouse keratinocytes or newborn mouse hair buds (HBs) were added onto dermal constructs consisting of a tissue-engineered cell-derived matrix elaborated from either newborn mouse or adult human fibroblasts cultured with ascorbic acid. After 7-21 days of maturation at the air-liquid interface, no hair was noticed in vitro. Epidermal differentiation was observed in all tissue-engineered skin. However, human fibroblast-derived tissue-engineered dermis (hD) promoted a thicker epidermis than mouse fibroblast-derived tissue-engineered dermis (mD). In association with mD, HBs developed epithelial cyst-like inclusions presenting outer root sheath-like attributes. In contrast, epidermoid cyst-like inclusions lined by a stratified squamous epithelium were present in tissues composed of HBs and hD. After grafting, pilo-sebaceous units formed and hair grew in skin elaborated from HBs cultured 10-26 days submerged in culture medium in association with mD. However, the number of normal hair follicles decreased with longer culture time. This hair-forming capacity after grafting was not observed in tissues composed of hD overlaid with HBs. These results demonstrate that epithelial stem cells can be kept in vitro in a permissive tissue-engineered dermal environment without losing their potential to induce hair growth after grafting.

  1. Preconditioned hyperbaric oxygenation protects skin flap grafts in rats against ischemia/reperfusion injury

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    KANG, NAN; HAI, YONG; LIANG, FANG; GAO, CHUN-JIN; LIU, XUE-HUA

    2014-01-01

    Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is an effective therapy for ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury of the brain, small intestine, testes and liver. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms underlying the effect of HBO therapy remain undetermined. In the current study, the hypothesis that preconditioning rats with HBO protects grafted skin flaps against subsequent I/R injury was investigated. In addition, the molecular mechanisms underlying HBO therapy were characterized by analyzing the roles of the following important inflammatory factors: High mobility group protein 1 (HMGB1) and nuclear factor-κ B (NF-κB). A total of 40 rats were randomly divided into the following five groups: (i) Sham surgery (SH); (ii) ischemia followed by reperfusion 3 days following surgery (I/R3d); (iii) ischemia followed by reperfusion 5 days following surgery (I/R5d); (iv) HBO preconditioning (HBO-PC) and ischemia followed by reperfusion 3 days following surgery (HBO-PC+3d); and (v) HBO-PC and ischemia followed by reperfusion 5 days following surgery (HBO-PC+5d). For the surgical procedure, all pedicled skin flaps were first measured and elevated (9×6 cm). The feeding vessels of the skin flaps were subsequently clamped for 3 h and released to restore blood flow. The rats in the HBO-PC+3d and HBO-PC+5d groups received 1 h HBO for 3 and 5 consecutive days, respectively, prior to surgery. Following surgery, the rats were euthanized, and grafted tissues were collected for western blotting and immunohistochemistry. HBO-PC increased blood perfusion in epigastric skin flaps and attenuated I/R injury following skin flap graft. Additionally, the elevated expression of HMGB1 and NF-κB proteins during I/R injury was attenuated by HBO-PC treatment. HBO-PC may therefore be applied to reduce I/R injury and improve the survival rate of grafted skin flaps. The molecular mechanisms underlying the effect of HBO therapy are associated with the attenuation of inflammatory responses. PMID:24676940

  2. The impact of meeting donor management goals on the development of delayed graft function in kidney transplant recipients.

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    Malinoski, D J; Patel, M S; Ahmed, O; Daly, M C; Mooney, S; Graybill, C O; Foster, C E; Salim, A

    2013-04-01

    Many organ procurement organizations (OPOs) utilize preset critical care endpoints as donor management goals (DMGs) in order to standardize care and improve outcomes. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of meeting DMGs on delayed graft function (DGF) in renal transplant recipients. All eight OPOs of the United Network for Organ Sharing Region 5 prospectively implemented nine DMGs in every donor after neurologic determination of death (DNDD). "DMGs met" was defined a priori as achieving any seven of the nine DMGs and this was recorded at the time of consent for donation to reflect donor hospital ICU management, 12-18 h later, and prior to organ recovery. Multivariable analyses were performed to identify independent predictors of DGF (dialysis in the first week after transplantation) with a p<0.05. A total of 722 transplanted kidneys from 492 DNDDs were included. A total of 28% developed DGF. DMGs were met at consent in 14%, 12-18 h in 32% and prior to recovery in 38%. DGF was less common when DMGs were met at consent (17% vs. 30%, p=0.007). Independent predictors of DGF were age, Cr and cold ischemia time, while meeting DMGs at consent was significantly protective. The management of potential organ donors prior to consent affects outcomes and should remain a priority in the intensive care unit.

  3. About ATMPs, SOPs and GMP: The Hurdles to Produce Novel Skin Grafts for Clinical Use.

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    Hartmann-Fritsch, Fabienne; Marino, Daniela; Reichmann, Ernst

    2016-09-01

    The treatment of severe full-thickness skin defects represents a significant and common clinical problem worldwide. A bio-engineered autologous skin substitute would significantly reduce the problems observed with today's gold standard. Within 15 years of research, the Tissue Biology Research Unit of the University Children's Hospital Zurich has developed autologous tissue-engineered skin grafts based on collagen type I hydrogels. Those products are considered as advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) and are routinely produced for clinical trials in a clean room facility following the guidelines for good manufacturing practice (GMP). This article focuses on hurdles observed for the translation of ATMPs from research into the GMP environment and clinical application. Personalized medicine in the field of rare diseases has great potential. However, ATMPs are mainly developed and promoted by academia, hospitals, and small companies, which face many obstacles such as high financial burdens.

  4. About ATMPs, SOPs and GMP: The Hurdles to Produce Novel Skin Grafts for Clinical Use

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    Hartmann-Fritsch, Fabienne; Marino, Daniela; Reichmann, Ernst

    2016-01-01

    Background The treatment of severe full-thickness skin defects represents a significant and common clinical problem worldwide. A bio-engineered autologous skin substitute would significantly reduce the problems observed with today's gold standard. Methods Within 15 years of research, the Tissue Biology Research Unit of the University Children's Hospital Zurich has developed autologous tissue-engineered skin grafts based on collagen type I hydrogels. Those products are considered as advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) and are routinely produced for clinical trials in a clean room facility following the guidelines for good manufacturing practice (GMP). This article focuses on hurdles observed for the translation of ATMPs from research into the GMP environment and clinical application. Results and Conclusion Personalized medicine in the field of rare diseases has great potential. However, ATMPs are mainly developed and promoted by academia, hospitals, and small companies, which face many obstacles such as high financial burdens. PMID:27781022

  5. [Urethroplasty with buccal mucosa graft or penile skin graft for anterior urethral stricture?].

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    Rojas, Alejandro; Saavedra, Alvaro

    2015-06-04

    Currently the treatment for urethral stricture considers various techniques, including augmentation urethroplasty using tissue from different parts of the body. The more used are the buccal mucosa and penile skin, but are there any differences in success between both tissues? Searching in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening 30 databases, we identified one systematic review including 18 primary studies addressing this question, six of them prospective. We combined the evidence using meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table following the GRADE approach. We concluded there is uncertainty about the superiority of one technique over another because the certainty of the evidence is very low. A new systematic review is urgently needed on this topic as randomized studies have been published after the most recent review, which could provide greater certainty.

  6. High-risk HLA alleles for severe acute graft-versus-host disease and mortality in unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation

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    Morishima, Satoko; Kashiwase, Koichi; Matsuo, Keitaro; Azuma, Fumihiro; Yabe, Toshio; Sato-Otsubo, Aiko; Ogawa, Seishi; Shiina, Takashi; Satake, Masahiro; Saji, Hiroh; Kato, Shunichi; Kodera, Yoshihisa; Sasazuki, Takehiko; Morishima, Yasuo

    2016-01-01

    HLA molecules play an important role for immunoreactivity in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. To elucidate the effect of specific HLA alleles on acute graft-versus-host disease, we conducted a retrospective analysis using 6967 Japanese patients transplanted with T-cell-replete marrow from an unrelated donor. Using unbiased searches of patient and donor HLA alleles, patient and/or donor HLA-B*51:01 (patient: HR, 1.37, P<0.001; donor: HR, 1.35, P<0.001) and patient HLA-C*14:02 (HR, 1.35, P<0.001) were significantly associated with an increased risk of severe acute graft-versus-host disease. The finding that donor HLA-C*14:02 was not associated with severe acute graft-versus-host disease prompted us to elucidate the relation of these high-risk HLA alleles with patient and donor HLA-C allele mismatches. In comparison to HLA-C allele match, patient mismatched HLA-C*14:02 showed the highest risk of severe acute graft-versus-host disease (HR, 3.61, P<0.001) and transplant-related mortality (HR, 2.53, P<0.001) among all patient mismatched HLA-C alleles. Although patient HLA-C*14:02 and donor HLA-C*15:02 mismatch was usually KIR2DL-ligand mismatch in the graft-versus-host direction, the risk of patient mismatched HLA-C*14:02 for severe acute graft-versus-host disease was obvious regardless of KIR2DL-ligand matching. The effect of patient and/or donor HLA-B*51:01 on acute graft-versus-host disease was attributed not only to strong linkage disequilibrium of HLA-C*14:02 and -B*51:01, but also to the effect of HLA-B*51:01 itself. With regard to clinical implications, patient mismatched HLA-C*14:02 proved to be a potent risk factor for severe acute graft-versus-host disease and mortality, and should be considered a non-permissive HLA-C mismatch in donor selection for unrelated donor hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. PMID:26768690

  7. Real-Time Demonstration of Split Skin Graft Inosculation and Integra Dermal Matrix Neovascularization Using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy

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    Greenwood, John; Amjadi, Mahyar; Dearman, Bronwyn; Mackie, Ian

    2009-01-01

    Objectives: During the first 48 hours after placement, an autograft “drinks” nutrients and dissolved oxygen from fluid exuding from the underlying recipient bed (“plasmatic imbibition”). The theory of inosculation (that skin grafts subsequently obtain nourishment via blood vessel “anastomosis” between new vessels invading from the wound bed and existing graft vessels) was hotly debated from the late 19th to mid-20th century. This study aimed to noninvasively observe blood flow in split skin grafts and Integra™ dermal regeneration matrix to provide further proof of inosculation and to contrast the structure of vascularization in both materials, reflecting mechanism. Methods: Observations were made both clinically and using confocal microscopy on normal skin, split skin graft, and Integra™. The VivaScope™ allows noninvasive, real-time, in vivo images of tissue to be obtained. Results: Observations of blood flow and tissue architecture in autologous skin graft and Integra™ suggest that 2 very different processes are occurring in the establishment of circulation in each case. Inosculation provides rapid circulatory return to skin grafts whereas slower neovascularization creates an unusual initial Integra™ circulation. Conclusions: The advent of confocal laser microscopy like the VivaScope 1500™, together with “virtual” journals such as ePlasty, enables us to provide exciting images and distribute them widely to a “reading” audience. The development of the early Integra™ vasculature by neovascularization results in a large-vessel, high-volume, rapid flow circulation contrasting markedly from the inosculatory process in skin grafts and the capillary circulation in normal skin and merits further (planned) investigation. PMID:19787028

  8. Complications in Donors Using Right Liver Graft: Analysis of 280 Consecutive Cases.

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    Özbilgin, M; Ünek, T; Egeli, T; Ağalar, C; Ozkardesler, S; Karadeniz, E; Ellidokuz, H; Obuz, F; Astarcıoğlu, I

    2017-04-01

    Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is performed with increasing frequency worldwide due to the shortage of donated organs. It is a life-saving procedure for the recipient, but, on the other hand, a major surgical procedure for healthy donors and it may cause morbidity and even mortality. This research was completed at Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine Hospital General Surgery Department Liver Transplant Unit and included 280 cases (4 with simultaneous liver and kidney transplants from living donors) who underwent donor right hepatectomy for LDLT from June 2000 to June 2016. We analyzed the data of patients retrospectively. Of 280 donor right hepatectomies for LDLT, 181 were male (M; 64.6%) and 99 were female (F; 35.4%) (M/F: 1.82). Mean donor age was 31.2 ± 0.9 years (range, 18-56). Mean donor monitoring duration was 45 ± 2.4 months (range, 3-192 months). Mean body mass index (BMI) was 24.28 ± 2.96 kg/m(2) (range, 18.1-32.42 kg/m(2)). In our study 72 cases (25.7%) developed postoperative complications. There were 17 Clavien grade 3A, 1 grade 3B, and 5 grade 4A complications and also 1 death due to pulmonary embolism. Together with the increase in living donor surgery, the morbidity and mortality of these cases are becoming controversial. Full donor safety is only possible with appropriate donor choice requiring very detailed studies, a problem-free hepatectomy process, and close postoperative donor monitoring. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Forty-Year Follow-up of Full-Thickness Skin Graft After Thermal Burn Injury to the Volar Hand

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    Kasdan, Morton L.; Wilhelmi, Bradon J.

    2016-01-01

    Background: The hands are commonly affected in severe thermal burn injuries. Resulting contractures lead to significant loss of function. Burn contracture release and skin grafting are necessary to restore hand function. We report a case in which surgical reconstruction of a volar hand burn was performed with full-thickness skin grafting. The patient had a 40-year follow-up to assess the function and cosmesis of the repaired hand. Methods: We report a case in which a 15-month-old boy presented after receiving third-degree burns to the left volar hand, including the flexural aspects of the index, long, and ring fingers by placing it on a hot kitchen stove burner. The patient subsequently underwent scar contracture release and full-thickness skin grafting. Results: Eleven years after reconstruction, further contractures developed associated with the patient's growth, which were reconstructed with repeat full-thickness skin graft from the inguinal region. No recurrence was witnessed afterward and 40 years after initial injury, the patient maintains full activities of daily living and use of his hand in his occupation. Conclusions: There is debate regarding the superiority of split-thickness versus full-thickness grafts during reconstruction. Our case strengthens the argument for durability of a full-thickness skin graft following thermal burn injury. PMID:27555888

  10. Forty-Year Follow-up of Full-Thickness Skin Graft After Thermal Burn Injury to the Volar Hand.

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    Weeks, Dexter; Kasdan, Morton L; Wilhelmi, Bradon J

    2016-01-01

    The hands are commonly affected in severe thermal burn injuries. Resulting contractures lead to significant loss of function. Burn contracture release and skin grafting are necessary to restore hand function. We report a case in which surgical reconstruction of a volar hand burn was performed with full-thickness skin grafting. The patient had a 40-year follow-up to assess the function and cosmesis of the repaired hand. We report a case in which a 15-month-old boy presented after receiving third-degree burns to the left volar hand, including the flexural aspects of the index, long, and ring fingers by placing it on a hot kitchen stove burner. The patient subsequently underwent scar contracture release and full-thickness skin grafting. Eleven years after reconstruction, further contractures developed associated with the patient's growth, which were reconstructed with repeat full-thickness skin graft from the inguinal region. No recurrence was witnessed afterward and 40 years after initial injury, the patient maintains full activities of daily living and use of his hand in his occupation. There is debate regarding the superiority of split-thickness versus full-thickness grafts during reconstruction. Our case strengthens the argument for durability of a full-thickness skin graft following thermal burn injury.

  11. [A method for modeling skin explants--an in vitro predictive test for graft vs host disease in allogenic hematopoietic cell transplantation].

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    Hromadníková, I; Sedlácek, P; Starý, J; Vavrinec, J; Cermáková-Frantlová, M; Stechová, K; Houbová, B; Vítek, A; Sajdová, J; Sviland, L; Dickinson, A M

    2001-02-15

    Acute graft versus host disease (GvHD) remains a severe complication of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Our study summaries results of skin explant assay (SEA) as a pretransplant GvHD predictive test in a cohort of paediatric (n = 33) and adult (a = 8) patients receiving grafts from their HLA identical siblings (n = 28), haploidentical relatives (n = 3) and unrelated donors (n = 10). Results GvHD prediction are correlated with the occurrence and severity of acute GvHD posttransplant and effect of GvHD prophylaxis on GvHD clinical outcome is evaluated. SEA utilises responding lymphocytes of the donor, which are sensitized firstly in vitro by mononuclears cells of patient in allogeneic mixed lymphocyte culture (MLC) and subsequently co-cultured with recipient's skin. Histopathological changes found in patients' skin explants are evaluated according to standard Lerner classification for acute GvHD. In general, GvHD predictive results in SEA correlated with GvHd clinical outcome in 28 out of 41 tested patients (68%, p = 0.015). In a cohort of HLA identical sibling transplants GvHD predictive results correlated with clinical manifestation of acute GvHD only in 15 out of 28 patients on individual GvHD prophylaxis. GvHD prophylaxis in the form of cyclosporine A (CsA) combined with short-term methotrexate (MTX) reduced the risk of acute GvHD in 10 out of 14 transplanted patients (71%) meanwhile CsA alone prophylaxis only in 1 out of 5 patients (20%). In a cohort of unrelated pairs on CsA/MTX prophylaxis combined with horse anti-lymphocyte globuline (ALG) correlated the GvHD prediction with GvHD clinical outcome (100%, p = 0.003). In all patients transplanted with the grafts from their haploidentical relatives the occurrence of severe GvHD was predicted. Skin explant assay helps identify pretransplant patients at higher risk of severe acute GvHD. GvHD predictive results enable the transplantation team to individualise GvHD prophylaxis and to

  12. A Previously Discounted Flap Now Reconsidered: MatriDerm and Split-Thickness Skin Grafting for Tendon Cover Following Dorsalis Pedis Fasciocutaneous Flap in Lower Limb Trauma.

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    Dunne, Jonathan A; Wilks, Daniel J; Rawlins, Jeremy M

    2014-01-01

    The dorsalis pedis flap has reliable vascularity; however, its use is limited by reports of donor site morbidity including infection, delayed healing, exposure of tendons, and later contractures. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate its continued role in lower limb trauma when the donor site is reconstructed with MatriDerm to avoid complications. A 65-year-old man presented with a displaced, Gustilo 3b open transverse fracture of his left distal fibula. He had a 2 cm(2) open wound over his lateral malleolus. Following review of possible local options, a dorsalis pedis fasciocutaneous flap was deemed best for coverage, and the donor site was closed with 1-mm MatriDerm dermal matrix and a 6/1000 inch split-thickness skin graft (STSG) in a single stage. Three months postoperatively, the foot had excellent function and cosmesis, with toes in a neutral position and a full range of movement. The dorsalis pedis flap is a valuable reconstructive option for defects of the foot and ankle. Its major limitation donor site morbidity can be overcome by the additional application of a dermal substitute such as MatriDerm under the STSG.

  13. A Previously Discounted Flap Now Reconsidered: MatriDerm and Split-Thickness Skin Grafting for Tendon Cover Following Dorsalis Pedis Fasciocutaneous Flap in Lower Limb Trauma

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    Dunne, Jonathan A.; Wilks, Daniel J.; Rawlins, Jeremy M.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: The dorsalis pedis flap has reliable vascularity; however, its use is limited by reports of donor site morbidity including infection, delayed healing, exposure of tendons, and later contractures. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate its continued role in lower limb trauma when the donor site is reconstructed with MatriDerm to avoid complications. Methods: A 65-year-old man presented with a displaced, Gustilo 3b open transverse fracture of his left distal fibula. He had a 2 cm2 open wound over his lateral malleolus. Results: Following review of possible local options, a dorsalis pedis fasciocutaneous flap was deemed best for coverage, and the donor site was closed with 1-mm MatriDerm dermal matrix and a 6/1000 inch split-thickness skin graft (STSG) in a single stage. Three months postoperatively, the foot had excellent function and cosmesis, with toes in a neutral position and a full range of movement. Conclusions: The dorsalis pedis flap is a valuable reconstructive option for defects of the foot and ankle. Its major limitation donor site morbidity can be overcome by the additional application of a dermal substitute such as MatriDerm under the STSG. PMID:24917893

  14. [Quantitative bacteriological evaluation of a method for skin disinfection in blood donors].

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    Folléa, G; Saint-Laurent, P; Bigey, F; Gayet, S; Bientz, M; Cazenave, J P

    1997-12-01

    Skin disinfection at the site of venipuncture is a critical point in every blood transfusion collection procedure, as it contributes to ensure the bacterial safety of transfusion. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of bacteria present in the antecubital fossae before and after skin disinfection may be one method of assessing the anti-bacterial efficiency of disinfection. Swab culture systems and contact plates are the two techniques usually employed for this purpose. A washing and swabbing technique was used to quantify bacteria before and skin disinfection of the antecubital fossae in blood donors. This contra-placebo study was carried out on 32 donors, each of whom served as his own control, with a random choice of test arm and opposing control arm. Bacterial counts were determined in the antecubital fossae without skin disinfection (control, n = 32) and after a 3 step skin preparation procedure (cleaning, wiping, disinfection) using placebo (distilled water, n = 16) or an antiseptic product (mixture of chlorexidine, benzalkonium chloride and benzylic alcohol, n = 16). The absence of a statistical difference in bacterial counts between the right and left antecubital fossae without disinfection was controlled in a preliminary study of 20 subjects. Mean bacterial counts were 25,000/cm2 and 27,400/cm2 respectively for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria before disinfection, with a wide variation in results between individuals. When using placebo, preparation of the venipuncture site by the 3 step method (cleaning, wiping, disinfection) resulted in a non significant mean reduction of 0.56 log in aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Using the antiseptic product, the same method resulted in a significant mean reduction of 1.8 and 1.7 log respectively in aerobic (p = 0.015) and anaerobic flora (p = 0.005). On an average, 2,750 aerobic bacteria/cm2 and 2,910 anaerobic bacteria/cm2 remained after disinfection, while qualitative analysis showed that disinfection suppressed the

  15. Elephantiasis Nostras Verrucosa. Excision with full-thickness skin grafting of the penis, scrotum, and perineal area.

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    Judge, Nathan; Kilic, Ali

    2016-11-13

    Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa is a rare cutaneous complication of chronic lymphatic obstruction. It is most commonly caused by bacterial infection, trauma, neoplasia, obesity, and venous stasis. In this report, we describe a case of elephantiasis nostras verrucosa involving the scrotum and perineal area in a 32-year-old. The lesions were excised, and full-thickness skin grafting of the penis, scrotum, and perineal skin was performed. This case demonstrates the efficacy of excision with full-thickness skin grafting of the penis, scrotum, and perineal area in a patient with elephantiasis nostras verrucosa confined to the scrotum and perineal region.

  16. The impact of blood transfusions in deceased organ donors on the outcomes of 1,884 renal grafts from United Network for Organ Sharing Region 5.

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    de la Cruz, J Salvador; Sally, Mitchell B; Zatarain, John R; Crutchfield, Megan; Ramsey, Katrina; Nielsen, Jamison; Patel, Madhukar; Lapidus, Jodi; Orloff, Susan; Malinoski, Darren J

    2015-10-01

    Historically, strategies to reduce acute rejection and improve graft survival in kidney transplant recipients included blood transfusions (BTs) before transplantation. While advents in recipient immunosuppression strategies have replaced this practice, the impact of BTs in the organ donor on recipient graft outcomes has not been evaluated. We hypothesize that BTs in organ donors after neurologic determination of death (DNDDs) translate into improved recipient renal graft outcomes, as measured by a decrease in delayed graft function (DGF). Donor demographics, critical care end points, the use of BTs, and graft outcome data were prospectively collected on DNDDs from March 2012 to October 2013 in the United Network for Organ Sharing Region 5 Donor Management Database. Propensity analysis determined each DNDD's probability of receiving packed red blood cells based on demographic and critical care data as well as provider bias. The primary outcome measure was the rate of DGF (dialysis in the first week after transplantation) in different donor BT groups as follows: no BT, any BT, 1 to 5, 6 to 10, or greater than 10 packed red blood cell units. Regression models determined the relationship between donor BTs and recipient DGF after accounting for known predictors of DGF as well as the propensity to receive a BT. Data were complete for 1,884 renal grafts from 1,006 DNDDs; 52% received any BT, 32% received 1 to 5 U, 11% received 6 to 10, and 9% received greater than 10 U of blood. Grafts from transfused donors had a lower rate of DGF compared with those of the nontransfused donors (26% vs. 34%, p < 0.001). After adjusting for known confounders, grafts from donors with any BT had a lower odds of DGF (odds ratio, 0.76; p = 0.030), and this effect was greatest in those with greater than 10 U transfused. Any BT in a DNDD was associated with a 23% decrease in the odds of recipients developing DGF, and this effect was more pronounced as the number of BTs increased. Therapeutic

  17. [Using skin graft for local control in stage IV breast cancer to improve quality of life].

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    Suetsugu, Hiromi

    2014-11-01

    A 59-year-old woman was hospitalized in June 2012 for Stage IV bilateral breast cancer, axillary lymph-node metastasis, metastatic lung tumor, metastatic bone tumor, right carcinomatous pleuritis, and right-eye choroidal metastasis. Treatment for improvement of symptoms included steroids, continuous subcutaneous infusion of morphine hydrochloride, and thoracic drainage. Chemotherapy with zoledronic acid+TC therapy was administered, with only a small residual primary lesion of the right breast. Interstitial pneumonia caused by the chemotherapy occurred and the volume occupied, it was continued treatment is difficult. In October 2013, she experienced right axillary lymph node metastases, and progress of the right breast cancer, with pain and bleeding from the right breast tumor. Therefore, for the purpose of improving quality of life, Bt+Ax was administered in October 2013, but since the resected part of the right breast included an approximately 10 cm dermal infiltration, a preserved subcutaneous vascular network (PSVN) skin graft was performed using healthy skin. The patient recovered well, the pain and bleeding disappeared, and the patient was discharged following surgery. PSVN skin graft for the purpose of local control was useful in this case.

  18. In vitro comparison of equine cancellous bone graft donor sites and tibial periosteum as sources of viable osteoprogenitors.

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    McDuffee, Laurie A; Anderson, Gail I

    2003-01-01

    To compare the osteogenic potential of cancellous bone of conventional graft sites with that of one nonconventional site (fourth coccygeal vertebra) and to investigate the tibial periosteum as a donor site with respect to osteogenic potential. In vitro osteogenic cell culture system. Eight adult horses. Cancellous bone or tibial periosteum was aseptically collected and cut into bone chips or periosteal strips of 1 to 2 mm(3) for primary explant cultures. After 2 weeks, primary tissue cultures that yielded a population of osteogenic cells were counted and subcultured at 1 x 10(5) cells/35-mm dish in osteogenic media. After 7 to 10 days, subcultures were stained with Von Kossa (VK) to assess mineralized bone nodule formation. VK-positive bone nodules were counted as osteoprogenitors and compared among 3 donor sites, which provided consistent primary osteogenic cells (tuber coxae, fourth coccygeal vertebra, periosteum) using ANOVA (P <.05). Sternal and tibial bone yielded viable osteogenic cells from 25% and 50% of horses, respectively, whereas yields from tuber coxae, coccygeal vertebra, and periosteum were 75%, 100%, and 100%, respectively. Tuber coxae and periosteum had significantly greater numbers of osteoprogenitors compared with fourth coccygeal vertebra. Among the conventional donor sites, tuber coxae most consistently yielded viable osteogenic cells with an acceptable percentage of osteoprogenitors. Sternal and tibial sites were unreliable in providing osteogenic cells. Two new donor sites, the fourth coccygeal vertebra and tibial periosteum, were tissues with good osteogenic potential. When a source of transplantable viable osteoprogenitor cells is desired, use of the tuber coxae as a conventional donor site is warranted. Use of tibial periosteum or fourth coccygeal vertebra as reliable sources of transplantable osteoprogenitors should be considered. Copyright 2003 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons

  19. Post-transplantation cyclophosphamide versus conventional graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis in mismatched unrelated donor haematopoietic cell transplantation

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    Mehta, Rohtesh S.; Saliba, Rima M.; Chen, Julianne; Rondon, Gabriela; Hammerstrom, Aimee E.; Alousi, Amin; Qazilbash, Muzaffar; Bashir, Qaiser; Ahmed, Sairah; Popat, Uday; Hosing, Chitra; Khouri, Issa; Shpall, Elizabeth J.; Champlin, Richard E.; Ciurea, Stefan O.

    2017-01-01

    Summary Post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PTCy) is an effective strategy to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after haploidentical haematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We determined the efficacy of PTCy-based GVHD prophylaxis in human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-mismatched unrelated donor (MMUD) HCT. We analysed 113 adult patients with high-risk haematological malignancies who underwent one-antigen MMUD transplantation between 2009 and 2013. Of these, 41 patients received PTCy, tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) for GVHD prophylaxis; 72 patients received conventional prophylaxis with anti-thymocyte globulin, tacrolimus and methotrexate. Graft source was primarily bone marrow (83% PTCy vs. 63% conventional group). Incidence of grade II–IV (37% vs. 36%, P = 0.8) and grade III–IV (17% vs. 12%, P = 0.5) acute GVHD was similar at day 100. However, the incidence of grade II–IV acute GVHD by day 30 was significantly lower in the PTCy group (0% vs. 15%, P = 0.01). Median time to neutrophil (18 days vs. 12 days, P < 0.001) and platelet (25.5 days vs. 18 days, P = 0.05) engraftment was prolonged in PTCy group. Rates of graft failure, chronic GVHD, 2-year non-relapse mortality, relapse, progression-free survival or overall survival were similar. Our results demonstrate that PTCy, tacrolimus and MMF for GVHD prophylaxis is safe and produced similar results as conventional prophylaxis in patients with one antigen HLA-MMUD HCT. PMID:26947769

  20. Impact of graft steatosis on the post-transplantation biliary complications for living donor liver transplant recipients in China.

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    Li, Hong-Yu; Wei, Yong-Gang; Li, Bo; Yan, Lv-Nan; Wen, Tian-Fu; Zhao, Ji-Chun; Xu, Ming-Qing; Wang, Wen-Tao; Ma, Yu-Kui; Yang, Jia-Yin

    2012-06-01

    After living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), the prevalence of complications related to the biliary system is 6-35%. In spite of great improvements in both surgical techniques and postoperative and long-term medical treatment, the biliary complications are still considered a relatively high risk for LDLT. The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the incidence of biliary complications and identify predisposing risk factors. The clinical and follow-up data of 175 adult patients receiving LDLT (right lobe or left lobe) between 2002 and December 2008 were collected and retrospectively analyzed. Patients were divided into 2 groups: with biliary complications (n=30) and without biliary complications (n=145). Thirty patients (17.1%) had post-transplantation biliary complications. Eight patients (4.6%) were diagnosed with bile leakage, while 24 patients (13.7%) developed biliary stricture. Percentage of steatosis of the graft and hepatic artery thrombosis after LDLT were two factors upon univariate analysis (p=0.034, p=0.01, respectively). In multivariate logistic analysis, 20-50% macrovesicular steatosis emerged as a new defined risk factor by us (p=0.001). There was no difference in patient survival rate in different groups and sorts of graft steatosis (p>0.05). We consider that using a graft with macro-vesicular steatosis in 20-50% should be put on the table carefully, balancing both sides of positive and negative.

  1. Effects of exogenous surfactant on the non-heart-beating donor lung graft in experimental lung transplantation - a stereological study.

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    Herrmann, Gudrun; Knudsen, Lars; Madershahian, Navid; Mühlfeld, Christian; Frank, Konrad; Rahmanian, Parwis; Wahlers, Thorsten; Wittwer, Thorsten; Ochs, Matthias

    2014-05-01

    The use of non-heart-beating donor (NHBD) lungs may help to overcome the shortage of lung grafts in clinical lung transplantation, but warm ischaemia and ischaemia/reperfusion injury (I/R injury) resulting in primary graft dysfunction represent a considerable threat. Thus, better strategies for optimized preservation of lung grafts are urgently needed. Surfactant dysfunction has been shown to contribute to I/R injury, and surfactant replacement therapy is effective in enhancing lung function and structural integrity in related rat models. In the present study we hypothesize that surfactant replacement therapy reduces oedema formation in a pig model of NHBD lung transplantation. Oedema formation was quantified with (SF) and without (non-SF) surfactant replacement therapy in interstitial and alveolar compartments by means of design-based stereology in NHBD lungs 7 h after cardiac arrest, reperfusion and transplantation. A sham-operated group served as control. In both NHBD groups, nearly all animals died within the first hours after transplantation due to right heart failure. Both SF and non-SF developed an interstitial oedema of similar degree, as shown by an increase in septal wall volume and arithmetic mean thickness as well as an increase in the volume of peribron-chovascular connective tissue. Regarding intra-alveolar oedema, no statistically significant difference could be found between SF and non-SF. In conclusion, surfactant replacement therapy cannot prevent poor outcome after prolonged warm ischaemia of 7 h in this model. While the beneficial effects of surfactant replacement therapy have been observed in several experimental and clinical studies related to heart-beating donor lungs and cold ischaemia, it is unlikely that surfactant replacement therapy will overcome the shortage of organs in the context of prolonged warm ischaemia, for example, 7 h. Moreover, our data demonstrate that right heart function and dysfunctions of the pulmonary vascular bed are

  2. Standardized surgical techniques for adult living donor liver transplantation using a modified right lobe graft: a video presentation from bench to reperfusion.

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    Hwang, Shin; Ha, Tae-Yong; Ahn, Chul-Soo; Moon, Deok-Bog; Kim, Ki-Hun; Song, Gi-Won; Jung, Dong-Hwan; Park, Gil-Chun; Lee, Sung-Gyu

    2016-08-01

    After having experienced more than 2,000 cases of adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), we established the concepts of right liver graft standardization. Right liver graft standardization intends to provide hemodynamics-based and regeneration-compliant reconstruction of vascular inflow and outflow. Right liver graft standardization consists of the following components: Right hepatic vein reconstruction includes a combination of caudal-side deep incision and patch venoplasty of the graft right hepatic vein to remove the acute angle between the graft right hepatic vein and the inferior vena cava; middle hepatic vein reconstruction includes interposition of a uniform-shaped conduit with large-sized homologous or prosthetic grafts; if the inferior right hepatic vein is present, its reconstruction includes funneling and unification venoplasty for multiple short hepatic veins; if donor portal vein anomaly is present, its reconstruction includes conjoined unification venoplasty for two or more portal vein orifices. This video clip that shows the surgical technique from bench to reperfusion was a case presentation of adult LDLT using a modified right liver graft from the patient's son. Our intention behind proposing the concept of right liver graft standardization is that it can be universally applicable and may guarantee nearly the same outcomes regardless of the surgeon's experience. We believe that this reconstruction model would be primarily applied to a majority of adult LDLT cases.

  3. Anterior corneal buttons from DSAEK donor tissue can be stored in optisol GS for later use in tectonic lamellar patch grafting.

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    Chu, Hsiao-Sang; Hsieh, Min-Chin; Chen, Yan-Ming; Hou, Yu-Chih; Hu, Fung-Rong; Chen, Wei-Li

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of storing anterior corneal buttons split from donor Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) tissue for later use in tectonic lamellar patch grafting. Donor corneas for DSAEK were split into anterior and posterior lamellae using a 350-μm depth microkeratome, and the remaining anterior corneal buttons were stored for up to 4 weeks at 4°C in Optisol GS before use in patch grafting of the cornea and sclera. Optisol GS-preserved anterior lamellar patch grafts successfully restored and maintained corneoscleral integrity after the removal of limbal dermoids (5 cases), after the coverage of the exposed polypropylene suture ends of scleral fixated posterior chamber intraocular lenses (2 cases), corneoscleral melting after pterygium excision (3 cases), sterile corneal ulceration with or without perforation (5 cases), Mooren ulceration (3 cases), and pseudomonas corneal ulceration with impending perforation (1 case). It was also used as a temporary substitute while waiting for a full-thickness corneal graft in a fulminant candida infection after DSAEK (1 case). All grafts remained structurally intact at the last postoperative examination of 19.2 ± 7.6 months after the tectonic surgery. Anterior corneal buttons from DSAEK donor tissue may be stored in Optisol GS for later use in tectonic patch grafting. This method obviates the longer operating time required for the surgeon to manually dissect the donor cornea in the operating room and reduces the wastage of precious donor corneas in countries where there are chronic shortages of eye bank donor tissue.

  4. Donor-Derived Regulatory T Cells Attenuate the Severity of Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease after Cord Blood Transplantation.

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    Zou, Xingli; Lin, Xiaojing; Luo, Wenfeng; Wei, Jin

    2016-07-01

    Allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (allo-PBSCT) is a curative therapy for some types of hematological disorders. However, allo-PBSCT is commonly complicated with acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD), characterized by host tissues being attacked by the grafted donor lymphocytes due to disparities of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) between the donor and host. By contrast, cord blood transplantation (CBT) is typically associated with low-grade severity of aGVHD, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Donor-derived CD4(+) alloreactive T cells (ATs) are of a specific lymphocyte subset, which can be activated by the recipient's HLA, and play a crucial role in the onset of aGVHD. In the present study, we aimed to explore the difference in the property of CD4(+) ATs between cord blood (CB) and adult peripheral blood (APB). We thus found that CB and APB CD4(+) ATs contained not only effector T cells (Teffs) that execute aGVHD, but also a distinct subset of FoxP3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) that may alleviate aGVHD. Importantly, CB CD4(+) ATs contained higher percentage of FoxP3(+) Tregs, compared to APB CD4(+) ATs (P < 0.001), while lower percentage of Teffs (Th1, Th2 and Th17 cells) was detected in CB CD4(+) ATs (P < 0.05, P < 0.001 and P < 0.05, respectively). Our findings suggest that FoxP3(+) Tregs in CB CD4(+) ATs may contribute to attenuating the severity of aGVHD observed after CBT.

  5. Induction of late graft-versus-host disease in a patient post-allogeneic stem cell transplantation by progesterone in conjunction with donor lymphocyte infusion.

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    Gesundheit, Benjamin; Shapira, Michael Y; Maly, Alexander; Samuel, Simcha; Budowski, Einat; Or, Reuven

    2008-03-01

    Patients after stem cell transplantation (SCT), often develop graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) which, although potentially dangerous, is associated with the beneficial graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Where there is high risk of disease recurrence, donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) are given to provide long-term disease control. We present a patient treated with DLI 4 years post-SCT, who developed acute GVHD after administration of progesterone to induce menstruation. This rare allergic reaction warrants further investigation.

  6. [Comparison of immunosuppressive effects between human placental MSCs derived from fetal and maternal origins on the rejection of allogenic skin grafts in mice].

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    Hao, Guiliang; Wang, Libin; Chen, Dongmei; Liang, Xueyun; Wang, Qiong; Zhu, Yongzhao; Ma, Xiaona; Liu, Xiaoming; Li, Yukui

    2015-05-01

    To compare the immunosuppressive effects of maternal and fetal placental mesenchymal stem cells (mPMSCs and fPMSCs, respectively) on the rejection of allogenic skin transplants in mice, and further to investigate the mechanism underlying this suppression. The mPMSCs and fPMSCs were isolated from human term placentas. The expressions of cell surface markers were detected by flow cytometry. Cell proliferation capacity was characterized by MTT colorimetric assay. CD200 protein expressed on fPMSCs was neutralized with streaming monoclonal antibodies, and mPMSCs were infected with adenovirus expression vector carrying CD200 cDNA. For skin transplantation, 60 C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into 6 groups as skin transplant recipients, and ICR mice served as skin donors. After establishment of the allogenic skin transplants, recipient mice of the 6 groups were intravenous injected respectively with PBS, mPMSCs, fPMSCs, fPMSCs combined with anti-CD200 antibodies, mPMSCs with CD200 expressing vectors, and mPMSCs with empty vectors. The conditions and survival time of the skin grafts were inspected daily, and the expressions of interleukin 17 (IL-17), interferon γ (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and interleukin 12 (IL-12) in blood and spleen were measured at the end of the study by ELISA and reverse transcription PCR. The majority (>70%) of fPMSCs were detected CD200 positive, while only a minor fraction (about 2%) of CD-200 positive cells were seen in mPMSCs. In the allogenic skin graft mice, the graft survival time in both mPMSCs- and fPMSCs-treated groups were significantly longer than that in PBS group [(5.6±1.17) days], while the fPMSCs group [(10.6±1.43) days] was more dominant than mPMSCs group [(7.7±1.42) days]. Neutralizing anti-CD200 antibody reduced the graft survival [(8.2±1.14) days] of the fPMSCs group to the level of that in mPMSCs group, while enforced expression of CD200 increased the graft survival [(10.7±1.34) days] of the mPMSCs group

  7. [Effects of Meek skin grafting on patients with extensive deep burn at different age groups].

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    Di, H P; Niu, X H; Li, Q; Li, X L; Xue, J D; Cao, D Y; Han, D W; Xia, C D

    2017-03-20

    Objective: To investigate the effect of Meek skin grafting on patients with extensive deep burn at different age groups. Methods: Eighty-four patients with extensive deep burns conforming to the study criteria were hospitalized in our unit from April 2011 to April 2015. Patients were divided into children group (C, with age less than 12 years old), young and middle-aged group (YM, with age more than 18 years and less than 50 years old), and old age group (O, with age more than 55 years old) according to age, with 28 patients in each group. All patients received Meek skin grafting treatment. The use of autologous skin area, operation time, wound healing time, and hospitalization time were recorded. The survival rate of skin graft on post operation day 7, complete wound healing rate in post treatment week 2, and the mortality were calculated. Data were processed with one-way analysis of variance, t test, and χ(2) test. Results: The use of autologous skin area of patients in group C was (5.1±1.0)% total body surface area (TBSA), significantly less than (8.3±1.0)%TBSA and (8.3±1.4)%TBSA in groups YM and O, respectively (with t values 32.900 and 52.624, respectively, P values below 0.05). The operation time, wound healing time, and hospitalization time of patients in group C were (1.368±0.562) h, (9.6±0.6) and (32±11) d, significantly shorter than those in group YM [(3.235±0.011) h, (16.9±2.6) and (48±12) d, respectively] and group O [(3.692±0.481) h, (17.3±2.6) and (46±13) d, respectively, with t values from 4.350 to 21.160, P values below 0.05]. The survival rate of skin graft of patients on post operation day 7 in group C was (92±15)%, significantly higher than (81±10)% and (72±12)% in groups YM and O, respectively (with t values 5.509 and 3.229, respectively, P values below 0.05). The above indexes in groups YM and O were similar (with t values from 0.576 to 22.958, P values above 0.05). Complete wound healing rate in post treatment week 2 and the

  8. Immunomodulation with dendritic cells and donor lymphocyte infusion converge to induce graft vs neuroblastoma reactions without GVHD after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation

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    Ash, S; Stein, J; Askenasy, N; Yaniv, I

    2010-01-01

    Background: Mounting evidence points to the efficacy of donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) and immunisation with tumour-pulsed dendritic cells (DC) in generating graft vs leukaemia reactions after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). We assessed the efficacy of DLI and DC in generating potent graft vs neuroblastoma tumour (GVT) reactions following allogeneic BMT. Methods: Mice bearing congenic (H2Ka) Neuro-2a tumours were grafted with allogeneic (H2Kb) T-cell-depleted bone marrow cells. Tumour-pulsed donor DC (DCNeuro2a) were inoculated (on day +7) in conjunction with donor (H2Kb) and haploidentical (H2Ka/b) lymphocytes. Results: Murine Neuro-2a cells elicit immune reactions as efficient as B lymphoma in major histocompatibility complex antigen-disparate mice. Lymphopenia induced by conditioning facilitates GVT, and transition to adaptive immunity is enhanced by simultaneous infusion of and DCNeuro2a and lymphocytes devoid of graft vs host (GVH) activity (H2Ka/b). In variance, the efficacy of DC-mediated immunomodulation was diminished by severe graft vs host disease (GVHD), showing mechanistic dissociation and antagonising potential to GVT. Conclsions: The GVHD is not a prerequisite to induce GVT reactivity after allogeneic BMT, but is rather detrimental to induction of anti-tumour immunity by DC-mediated immunomodulation. Simultaneous inoculation of tumour-pulsed donor DC and DLI synergise in stimulation of potent GVT reactions to the extent of eradication of established NB tumours. PMID:20978501

  9. Minimally invasive options for cutaneous defects: secondary intention healing, partial closure, and skin grafts.

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    Cordoro, Kelly M; Russell, Mark A

    2005-05-01

    Several wound management options are available for defects of the head and neck, and choosing the best option requires consideration of several variables. The physical characteristics of the defect, the experience and preferences of the surgeon, and the desires and medicosocial situation of the patient may influence the final reconstructive decision. As the concepts and techniques in the field of reconstructive surgery advance, conservative wound management options should not be overlooked. This article reviews the minimally invasive options for the management of cutaneous defects, including second intention healing, partial closures, and skin grafts. The authors review the basic concepts of wound healing.

  10. Early changes in scores of chronic damage on transplant kidney protocol biopsies reflect donor characteristics, but not future graft function.

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    Caplin, Ben; Veighey, Kristin; Mahenderan, Arundathi; Manook, Miriam; Henry, Joanne; Nitsch, Dorothea; Harber, Mark; Dupont, Peter; Wheeler, David C; Jones, Gareth; Fernando, Bimbi; Howie, Alexander J; Veitch, Peter

    2013-01-01

    The amount of irreversible injury on renal allograft biopsy predicts function, but little is known about the early evolution of this damage. In a single-center cohort, we examined the relationship between donor-, recipient-, and transplantation-associated factors and change in a morphometric index of chronic damage (ICD) between protocol biopsies performed at implantation and at 2-3 months. We then investigated whether early delta ICD predicted subsequent biochemical outcomes. We found little evidence to support differences between the study group, who had undergone serial biopsies, and a contemporaneous control group, who had not. In allografts with serial biopsies (n = 162), there was an increase in ICD between implantation (median: 2%, IQR:0-8) and 2-3 months post-transplant (median 8% IQR:4-15; p < 0.0001). Donation from younger or live donors was independently associated with smaller early post-transplant increases in ICD. There was no evidence for a difference in delta ICD between donation after cardiac death vs. donation after brain death, nor association with length of cold ischemia. After adjustment for GFR at the time of the second biopsy, delta ICD after three months did not predict allograft function at one yr. These findings suggest that graft damage develops shortly after transplantation and reflects donor factors, but does not predict future biochemical outcomes.

  11. Serum neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin during the early postoperative period predicts the recovery of graft function after kidney transplantation from donors after cardiac death.

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    Kusaka, Mamoru; Iwamatsu, Fumi; Kuroyanagi, Yoko; Nakaya, Miho; Ichino, Manabu; Marubashi, Shigeru; Nagano, Hiroaki; Shiroki, Ryoichi; Kurahashi, Hiroki; Hoshinaga, Kiyotaka

    2012-06-01

    Kidneys procured from donors after cardiac death hold great potential to expand the donor pool. However, they have not yet been fully used, in part due to the high incidence of delayed graft function. Although urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin is a well-known early biomarker for renal injury after kidney transplantation, its usefulness is limited in cases with delayed graft function because of the unavailability of a urine sample. We evaluated serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin as a potential biomarker to predict the functional recovery of kidneys transplanted from donors after cardiac death. Consecutive patients transplanted with a kidney from a living related (39), brain dead (1) or post-cardiac death (27) donor were retrospectively enrolled in the study. Serum samples were collected serially before and after kidney transplantation. Serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin was measured using the ARCHITECT® assay. Average serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin was markedly high during the pre transplantation period. It decreased rapidly after transplantation. The slope of the decrease correlated well with the recovery period. By analyzing ROC curves we determined cutoffs to predict immediate, slow or delayed graft function requiring hemodialysis for longer than 1 week with high sensitivity and specificity. These data suggest that serial monitoring of serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin may allow us to predict graft recovery and the need for hemodialysis after kidney transplantation from a donor after cardiac death. Copyright © 2012 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Liver grafts procured from donors after circulatory death have no increased risk of microthrombi formation.

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    Verhoeven, Cornelia J; Simon, Tiarah C; de Jonge, Jeroen; Doukas, Michael; Biermann, Katharina; Metselaar, Herold J; Ijzermans, Jan N M; Polak, Wojciech G

    2016-12-01

    Microthrombi formation provoked by warm ischemia and vascular stasis is thought to increase the risk of nonanastomotic strictures (NAS) in liver grafts obtained by donation after circulatory death (DCD). Therefore, potentially harmful intraoperative thrombolytic therapy has been suggested as a preventive strategy against NAS. Here, we investigated whether there is histological evidence of microthrombi formation during graft preservation or directly after reperfusion in DCD livers and the development of NAS. Liver biopsies collected at different time points during graft preservation and after reperfusion were triple-stained with hematoxylin-eosin (H & E), von Willebrand factor VIII (VWF), and Fibrin Lendrum (FL) to evaluate the presence of microthrombi. In a first series of 282 sections obtained from multiple liver segments of discarded DCD grafts, microthrombi were only present in 1%-3% of the VWF stainings, without evidence of thrombus formation in paired H & E and FL stainings. Additionally, analysis of 132 sections obtained from matched, transplanted donation after brain death and DCD grafts showed no difference in microthrombi formation (11.3% versus 3.3% respectively; P = 0.082), and no relation to the development of NAS (P = 0.73). Furthermore, no microthrombi were present in perioperative biopsies in recipients who developed early hepatic artery thrombosis. Finally, the presence of microthrombi did not differ before or after additional flushing of the graft with preservation solution. In conclusion, the results of our study derogate from the hypothesis that DCD livers have an increased tendency to form microthrombi. It weakens the explanation that microthrombi formation is a main causal factor in the development of NAS in DCD and that recipients could benefit from intraoperative thrombolytic therapy to prevent NAS following liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation 22 1676-1687 2016 AASLD.

  13. Graft reconditioning with nitric oxide gas in rat liver transplantation from cardiac death donors.

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    Kageyama, Shoichi; Yagi, Shintaro; Tanaka, Hirokazu; Saito, Shunichi; Nagai, Kazuyuki; Hata, Koichiro; Fujimoto, Yasuhiro; Ogura, Yasuhiro; Tolba, Rene; Shinji, Uemoto

    2014-03-27

    Liver transplant outcomes using grafts donated after cardiac death (DCD) remain poor. We investigated the effects of ex vivo reconditioning of DCD grafts with venous systemic oxygen persufflation using nitric oxide gas (VSOP-NO) in rat liver transplants. Orthotopic liver transplants were performed in Lewis rats, using DCD grafts prepared using static cold storage alone (group-control) or reconditioning using VSOP-NO during cold storage (group-VSOP-NO). Experiment I: In a 30-min warm ischemia model, graft damage and hepatic expression of inflammatory cytokines, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and endothelin-1 (ET-1) were examined, and histologic analysis was performed 2, 6, 24, and 72 hr after transplantation. Experiment II: In a 60-min warm ischemia model, grafts were evaluated 2 hr after transplantation (6 rats/group), and survival was assessed (7 rats/group). Experiment I: Group-VSOP-NO had lower alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (P<0.001), hyaluronic acid (P<0.05), and malondialdehyde (MDA) (P<0.001), hepatic interleukin-6 expression (IL-6) (P<0.05), and hepatic tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) expression (P<0.001). Hepatic eNOS expression (P<0.001) was upregulated, whereas hepatic iNOS (P<0.01) and ET-1 (P<0.001) expressions were downregulated. The damage of hepatocyte and sinusoidal endothelial cells (SECs) were lower in group-VSOP-NO.Experiment II: VSOP-NO decreased ET-1 and 8-hydroxy-2'deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) expression and improved survival after transplantation by 71.4% (P<0.01). These results suggest that VSOP-NO effectively reconditions warm ischemia-damaged grafts, presumably by decreasing ET-1 upregulation and oxidative damage.

  14. Plasmapheresis and immunoadsorption for treatment and prophylaxis of recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in adult recipients of deceased donor renal grafts.

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    Kandus, Aljoša; Ponikvar, Rafael; Buturović-Ponikvar, Jadranka; Bren, Andrej F; Oblak, Manca; Mlinšek, Gregor; Kmetec, Andrej; Arnol, Miha

    2013-08-01

    Recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis has a great impact on kidney graft survival. This retrospective study presents immunoadsorption-plasmapheresis treatment and outcome in our renal graft recipients with significant post-transplant proteinuria (>1 g/day) and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in native kidneys. Recurrence was defined as occurrence of nephrotic range proteinuria or biopsy-confirmed diagnosis. Successful treatment was defined as sustained reduction of proteinuria to <1 g/day. From 2000 through 2011, 548 adult patients received kidney grafts from deceased donors. In 20 of these patients (3.6%) end-stage renal disease was a consequence of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Recurrence was confirmed in five of seven treated patients. Immunoadsorption-plasmapheresis treatment was successful in five patients (70%). Their age at disease diagnosis in native kidneys was 12 to 44 years. Time to end-stage renal disease was 3 to 14 years. Recipient age at transplantation was 21 to 61 years. Onset of significant proteinuria was 2 to 87 days after transplantation. Immunoadsorption or plasmapheresis started 1 to 7 days after recurrence of significant proteinuria. Treatment period was 1 to 103 months and 12 to 206 procedures were performed per patient. Follow-up period after cessation of plasmapheresis was 11 to 58 months. Final urine protein/creatinine ratio was 8.8 to 98.0 mg/mmol and final serum creatinine was 63 to 148 μmol/L. Follow-up after transplantation was 18 to 135 months. One patient was still on treatment. One graft was lost to recurrence. No serious adverse effects occurred during immunoadsorption and plasmapheresis. Immunoadsorption and plasmapheresis appears to be successful in the majority of patients, probably due to their early start.

  15. Advantages of Celsior solution in graft preservation from non-heart-beating donors in a canine liver transplantation model.

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    Ohwada, Susumu; Sunose, Yutaka; Aiba, Masaaki; Tsutsumi, Hirofumi; Iwazaki, Shigeru; Totsuka, Osamu; Matsumoto, Koshi; Takeyoshi, Izumi; Morishita, Yasuo

    2002-02-01

    The optimal method for preserving livers from non-heart-beating donors (NHBD) is still unknown. We compared the Celsior solution, a new extracellular-type, low-potassium, low-viscosity preservation solution, with the University of Wisconsin (UW) solution in a canine orthotopic liver transplantation from NHBD. Fourteen adult mongrel dogs, weighing 9 to 17 kg, were divided into two groups: the Celsior or the UW group (n = 7 each). The thoracic descending aorta and supradiaphragmatic inferior vena cava were cross-clamped for 20 min to induce warm ischemia as a NHBD model. The liver was flushed with the respective cold preservation solution and then stored at 4 degrees C for 4 h. The grafts were transplanted using the piggy-back technique under portal decompression by leaving the native right lobe as a temporary shunt. The duration of liver flushing out (min) was shorter (P < 0.05), and the serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, glutamic pyruvic transaminase, lactate dehydrogenase, lactate, and alpha-glutathione S-transferase concentrations 2 and 6 h after reperfusion of the graft (RPF) were lower (P < 0.05) in the Celsior group than in the UW group. Hepatic tissue blood flow (HTBF) did not deteriorate as much (P < 0.05) in the Celsior group. The serum endothelin-1 level was lower (P < 0.05) in the Celsior group 2 h after RPF. Histopathology of liver specimens revealed portal congestion and hepatocyte necrosis with neutrophil infiltration in the UW group, while these findings were mild in the Celsior group. The Celsior solution improves vascular endothelial injury in livers from NHBDs and may have advantages in graft flush and preservation of grafts from NHBDs. (c)2001 Elsevier Science.

  16. Tuberculin-induced delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction in a model of hu-PBMC-SCID mice grafted with autologous skin.

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    Tsicopoulos, A.; Pestel, J.; Fahy, O.; Vorng, H.; Vandenbusche, F.; Porte, H.; Eraldi, L.; Wurtz, A.; Akoum, H.; Hamid, Q.; Wallaert, B.; Tonnel, A. B.

    1998-01-01

    We have developed an animal model to study human delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions. Previous studies in humans have shown after tuberculin injection the presence of a mononuclear cell infiltration, with almost no eosinophils, associated with a preferential Th-1-type cytokine profile. Human skin graft obtained from tuberculin-reactive donors was grafted onto the back of severe combined immunodeficient mice. After healing, mice were reconstituted intraperitoneally with peripheral mononuclear cells. Tuberculin and diluent were injected intradermally, and skin biopsies were performed 72 hours later. Skin grafts were divided into two parts, one for immunohistochemistry and one for in situ hybridization studies. Immunohistochemistry was performed on cryostat sections using the alkaline phosphatase anti-alkaline phosphatase technique. In the tuberculin-injected sites as compared with the diluent-injected sites, there were significant increases in the number of CD45+ pan leukocytes and CD4+, CD8+, CD45RO+ T cells but not in CD68+ monocytes/macrophages and EG2 or MBP+ eosinophils. The activation markers CD25 and HLA-DR were up-regulated in the tuberculin-injected sites. In situ hybridization was performed using 35S-labeled riboprobes for interleukin (IL)-2, interferon (IFN)-gamma, IL-4, and IL-5. After tuberculin injection, a preferential Th-1-type cytokine profile was observed with significant increases in the numbers of IL-2 and IFN-gamma mRNA-expressing cells. These results are similar to those reported after tuberculin-induced delayed-type hypersensitivity in humans, suggesting that this model might be useful to study cutaneous inflammatory reaction. Images Figure 4 PMID:9626072

  17. Early burn wound excision and skin grafting postburn trauma restores in vivo neutrophil delivery to inflammatory lesions

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    Tchervenkov, J.I.; Epstein, M.D.; Silberstein, E.B.; Alexander, J.W.

    1988-12-01

    This study assessed the effect of early vs delayed postburn wound excision and skin grafting on the in vivo neutrophil delivery to a delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) reaction and a bacterial skin lesion (BSL). Male Lewis rats were presensitized to keyhole-limpet hemocyanin. Group 1 comprised sham controls. Groups 2 through 4 were given a 30% 3 degrees scald burn, but the burn wounds were excised, and skin was grafted on days 1, 3, and 7, respectively, after the burn. Group 5 comprised burn controls. Twelve days after burn trauma, all rats were injected at different intervals (during a 24-hour period) with a trio of intradermal injections of keyhole-limpet hemocyanin, Staphylococcus aureus 502A, and saline at different sites. In vivo neutrophil delivery to these dermal lesions was determined by injecting indium in 111 oxyquinoline-labeled neutrophils isolated from similarly treated groups of rats. Neutrophil delivery to DTH and BSL lesions was restored to normal by excision and skin grafting of the burn wound one day after burn trauma. Waiting three days after burn trauma to excise and skin graft the wound partially, but not completely, restored the in vivo neutrophil delivery to DTH and BSL lesions. Waiting one week to excise and skin graft a burn wound resulted in no improvement in neutrophil delivery to DTH and BSL dermal lesions. It was concluded that burn wound excision and skin grafting immediately after burn trauma restored in vivo neutrophil delivery to a BSL and DTH dermal lesion. This may, in part, explain the beneficial effect of early aggressive burn wound debridement in patients with burn injuries.

  18. Effect of low dose dopamine on early graft function in living unrelated kidney donors.

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    Hosseinzadeh, Hamzeh; Golzari, Samad E J; Golzari, Samad; Abravesh, Mohammad; Mahmoodpoor, Ata; Aghamohammadi, Davood; Zomorrodi, Afshar; Hosseinzadeh, Parisa

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate the effect of low-dose dopamine administration on the early function of the kidney in unrelated kidney donors after transplantation. In this double-blinded clinical trial, 60 adult kidney donors and 60 recipients, younger than 50 years old, were studied. Donors and recipients were randomly divided into two groups; group 1 received dopamine 3 µ/kg/min and group 2 received similar regimen of placebo. During the first 3 days postoperatively, serum levels of urea and creatinine as well as urine output and early kidney function were compared between two groups. Serum levels of creatinine and urea and urine output during the first three days after the operation did not differ statistically significantly between two groups (P = .549, P = .306, and P = .375, respectively). Early kidney function was better significantly in group 1 (5.3 ± 3.2 versus 8.6 ± 8.0 hours; P = .048). Premedication of the kidney transplant donors with low-dose dopamine accelerates early kidney function after transplantation, but has no effect on the hemodynamic status and serum levels of creatinine and urea in the donors.

  19. [Use of vacuum sealing drainage and mesh grafting in treating defects of skin and soft tissue in foot].

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    Ye, Zhou; Zhan, Bei-Lei; Zhan, Yun-Zhong

    2010-03-01

    To explore the therapeutic effectiveness of vacuum sealing drainage (VSD) technique and mesh grafting in treating defects of skin and soft tissues in foot. A retrospective analysis was done on 17 cases (11 male and 6 female) suffering from defects of skin and soft tissues in foot, which were treated by vacuum sealing drainage and mesh grafting. The age of patients was from 18 to 67 years with an average of 43 years. The wound surface was filled with polyvinyl alcohol gelatin sponge after debridement and continuous negative pressure drainage was taken for 24 h. After 7 days, granulation tissue growing mesh grafting was performed and to observe the skin colour, survival rate and feet function. All the infection of wounds was controlled with VSD for 1 to 3 times. Skin survival rate of 14 cases more than 98%, 2 cases more than 95%; skin edge of 1 case had little necrosis, but foot function obtained rehabilitation after dress-changing. Vacuum sealing drainage (VSD) technique and mesh grafting is effective methods for the treatment of defects of skin and soft tissues in foot and is worthy generalization and application.

  20. Mycophenolate-based graft versus host disease prophylaxis is not inferior to methotrexate in myeloablative-related donor stem cell transplantation.

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    Hamad, Nada; Shanavas, Mohamed; Michelis, Fotios V; Uhm, Jieun; Gupta, Vikas; Seftel, Matthew; Kuruvilla, John; Lipton, Jeffrey H; Messner, Hans A; Kim, Dennis Dong Hwan

    2015-05-01

    We retrospectively reviewed 242 patients who received related donor myeloablative peripheral blood hematopoietic cell transplantation. We compared patients who received mycophenolate (MMF)/cyclosporine (CSA) (n = 71), to historical controls who received methotrexate (MTX)/CSA (n = 172). There were no differences in overall survival, nonrelapse mortality, and relapse. The MMF/CSA group had significantly faster neutrophil and platelet engraftment: medians of 13 versus 18 days and 10 versus 14 days, respectively (P = 0.001). The cumulative incidence of acute graft versus host disease (GVHD) (Grades, 2-4) was significantly lower in the MMF/CSA group (45.1 vs. 74.4%, P < 0.001). The MMF/CSA group showed a lower incidence of skin (51.5 vs. 72.1%, P < 0.001) and liver acute GVHD (11.3 vs. 54.2%, P < 0.001) and a higher incidence of lung (42.2 vs. 19.0%, P = 0.045), eye (59.7 vs. 30.1%, P < 0.001), and mouth (72.8 vs. 56.4%, P = 0.001) chronic GVHD but only eye chronic GVHD was confirmed in propensity score matching (PSM) analysis. The incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) viremia was higher in the MMF/CSA group (55.8 vs. 39.6%, P < 0.001) but this was not confirmed in PSM analysis. MMF/CSA was identified as an independent favorable factor for acute GVHD (P < 0.001, hazard ratio, 0.41) but as a possible adverse risk factor for CMV viremia as this was not found to be statistically significant in PSM analysis. MMF/CSA in myeloablative matched related donor peripheral blood stem cell transplant is not inferior as GVHD prophylaxis in comparison with MTX/CSA and is associated with faster engraftment but a potentially higher risk of CMV viremia.