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Successful Skin Homografting From an Identical Twin in a Severely Burned Patient

and †Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.
Journal of burn care & research: official publication of the American Burn Association (Impact Factor: 1.55). 06/2013; 35(3). DOI: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e3182957572
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ABSTRACT Flame burns are a serious condition and usually have high morbidity and mortality because they effect large areas of the body surface as well as the lungs. In these patients, it is especially difficult to find healthy skin for grafting if they have more than 70% third-degree burns. Repeated autografting or synthetic wound care materials are the only treatment options to cover burned areas. Partial-thickness skin grafting from the patient's identical twin sibling may be an alternative treatment option, if possible. Here, we report a patient with severe flame injury treated with skin from his identical twin. The patient had third-degree burns covering 70% of his body surface. Initial treatment consisted of fluid and electrolyte replacement, daily wound care, and surgical debridements, as well as nutritional support. After initial treatment, we performed a successful skin grafting from his identical twin. Skin grafting between identical twins might be an alternate method for severely burned patients.

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