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Biologic Dressing in Burns

Lineen, Edward MD; Namias, Nicholas MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: July 2008 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - p 923-928
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e318175b5ab
Original Articles

Advances in cellular biology and knowledge in wound healing and growth factors have given us a wide variety of choices to attack the problem of the complex burn wound. Split-thickness skin grafting with autograft is at present the standard of care. It, however, is not an ideal substitute and frequently is not available for full-burn coverage. This article will review honey, human amnion, xenograft, allograft, cultured epithelial autograft, and various engineered commercial products for use in the biologic treatment of burn wounds.

From the Jackson Memorial Hospital; and DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Nicholas Namias, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center, PO Box 016960 (D-40), Miami, FL 33101; E-mail:

The authors received no source of funding for this work.

© 2008 Mutaz B. Habal, MD