Single-layer Integra for one-stage reconstruction of scalp defects with exposed bone following full-thickness burn injury: A novel technique

Department of Plastic Surgery, St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Burns: journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries (Impact Factor: 1.88). 10/2011; 38(1):143-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2011.08.019
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