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  • Case Report

    In vivo degradation of poly L-lactic D-lactic acid and tri-methylene carbonate sheets in orbital reconstruction

    Kun Hwang , Hyung Mook Kim
    This study was conducted to evaluate changes in the composition of a poly-L-lactic D-lactic acid and trimethylene carbonate (PLDLA-TMC) sheet after insertion into the human body. A 35-year-old woman had an orbital fracture that was reconstructed using a PLDLA-TMC sheet. During iliac bone grafting for enophthalmos 190 days after the insertion, the sheet was removed and analyzed using gel permeation chromatography and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The weight average molecular weight decreased (from 151,000 Da to 10,000 Da), as did the number average molecular weight (from 15,600 Da...
    Published on: 19 Jan 2017
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  • Original Article

    Thermal distribution and response in Q-switched ruby laser treatment for oculodermal melanosis (Nevus of Ota)

    David Cheong Chon Fok , Cheng-Jen Chang , Yun-Liang Su , Shu-Ying Chang , Yen-Chang Hsiao , Kuen Ting , Wen-Shiung Lin , Kuen-Tasnn Chen , Shih-Feng Chen
    Aim: A clinically useful treatment laser must generate stable and precise energy of low diffusivity. This study assessed the photothermal response of a Q-switched ruby laser (QSRL) in the treatment of oculodermal melanosis (Nevus of Ota). Methods: A two-year retrospective review of 40 patients with oculodermal melanosis treated with a QSRL (λ = 694 nm, pulse duration = 25 ns, 3 mm spot size, energy density 6-10 J/cm2) was performed. Demographics included an age range of 18-54 years (mean 28) and a gender distribution of 25 females and 15 males. The values recorded from real-time infrared...
    Published on: 19 Jan 2017
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  • Letter to Editor

    Five “Ds” of plastic surgery

    Preethitha Babu , Ravi Kumar Chittoria , Sudhanva Hemanth Kumar , Senthil Kumaran Marimuthu , Elan Kumar Subbarayan , Konda Sireesha Reddy , Vinayak Chavan , Devi Prasad Mohapatra , Meethale Thiruvoth Friji , Dinesh Kumar Sivakumar
    Published on: 19 Jan 2017
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  • Original Article

    Early muscle reinnervation by means of end-to-side neurorrhaphy in an experimental model

    Araceli Pérez , Rafael Reynoso , Rosa M. Romero , Angélica González , Jorge Ochoa , Dulce H. Gutiérrez , Damián Palafox
    Aim: The aim of the study was to provide early muscular reinnervation to avoid muscle atrophy and functional loss in an experimental model. Methods: Fifty rats were divided into five groups. In group 0 (control group) only nerve dissection was performed. Total peroneal nerve section was performed in the remaining groups. Immediate end-to-end neurorrhaphy (EEN) was made in group 1. In group 2, an end-to-side neurorrhaphy (ESN) was performed from the tibial nerve to the peroneal nerve. In group 3, a direct EEN, plus an ESN, were used as a nerve graft as a bridge from the donor nerve (tibial);...
    Published on: 22 Feb 2017
    Views: 468
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  • Original Article

    A study of correlation between prosthetic breast reconstruction, antibiotic prophylaxis and surgical wound drains

    Emanuele Rampino Cordaro , Nicola Zerbinati , Alice Garzitto , Daria Almesberger , Michela Francescon , Raffaele Rauso , Mario Cherubino , Pier Camillo Parodi
    Aim: The primary aim of this investigation into the correlation between prosthetic breast reconstruction, antibiotic prophylaxis and surgical drains was to determine whether the short-term prophylaxis recommended in the current guidelines is in fact able to sterilize the peri-prosthetic pocket in patients undergoing prosthetic breast reconstruction via tissue expansion, permanent implant placement, or Becker implants, as well as augmentation to correct symmetry. Methods: A total of 96 women who had undergone prosthetic breast reconstruction surgery were considered. Patients were recruited...
    Published on: 28 Feb 2017
    Views: 381
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  • Editorial

    Portraits of two innovative plastic surgeons in the National Portrait Gallery

    Kun Hwang
    Published on: 22 Feb 2017
    Views: 315
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