skin graft

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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.

Subjects: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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