Acute treatment of open foot and ankle fractures using a bioartificial dermal regeneration template and split-thickness skin grafting: a report of 2 cases
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CASE: Two patients with open foot and ankle fractures were treated with aggressive irrigation and debridement and acute placement of a dermal regeneration template (DRT) followed by split-thickness skin grafting. Patient 1 was an 82-year-old female with a type IIIB open ankle fracture complexed with 2 significant regions of soft tissue loss. Patient 2 was a 54-year-old male with type IIIB open metatarsal fractures. Both patients healed without complication. CONCLUSIONS: Complex open fractures in lower extremities can be managed with acute DRT application. This may be a more cost-effective solution compared to free flaps.
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