The arm as a skin graft donor site in eyelid reconstruction

Philip L. Custer, Heather Harvey

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Abstract

Purpose: To report the technique, success, and complications of using the arm as a donor site for full-thickness skin grafts used in eyelid and facial reconstruction. Methods: The charts of 42 patients were reviewed. The arm was used as a donor site for harvesting full-thickness skin grafts in 52 procedures of eyelid or facial reconstruction. Results: The size of skin grafts varied from 4.0 cm2 to 59.5 cm2. There were few recipient site complications: Partial necrosis (n=2), severe contraction (n=2), and hair growth (n=4). Donor site complications included wound dehiscence (n=2) and hypertrophic scarring (n=2). Conclusions: The arm is an acceptable donor site for harvesting full-thickness skin grafts for use in eyelid and facial reconstruction when either traditional donor sites are unavailable or a large amount of skin is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-430
Number of pages4
JournalOphthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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