Skin graft

Skin graft
: Skin that is used to cover an area where the patient’s skin has been lost due to a burn, injury, or surgery. The most effective skin grafts involve moving the patient’s own skin from one part of the body to another. The second most effective type are skin grafts between identical twins. Beyond these two procedures, there is a strong chance that the body will reject the new skin, although the graft may give the body time to grow new skin of its own. A skin graft site should be protected and kept moist. Consult with your physician about topical medications and bandaging, if any, that may be appropriate for the type of graft you receive.

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skin graft n a piece of skin that is surgically removed from a donor area to replace skin in a defective or denuded area (as one that has been burned) also the procedure by which such a piece of skin is removed and transferred to a new area

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a portion of healthy skin cut from one area of the body and used to cover a part that has lost its skin, usually as a result of injury, burns, or operation. A skin graft is normally taken from another part of the body of the same patient (an autograft), but occasionally skin may be grafted from one person to another as a temporary healing measure (an allograft). The full thickness of skin may be taken for a graft (see flap) or the surgeon may use three-quarters thickness, thin sheets of skin (see split-skin graft), or a pinch skin graft. The type used depends on the condition and size of the damaged area to be treated. The skin graft may be free or attached by a pedicle.

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skin transplanted to replace a lost portion of the body skin surface; it may be a full-thickness or split-thickness graft.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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