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Regrow New Skin

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Inflammatory Response

These early immune reactions give way, in the second and third week postburn, to injury immuno-suppression. This takes the form of reduced responsiveness of lymphocytes, impaired production of IL-2, and changes in immune cell phenotypes. Burn injury inhibits the T-helper 1 response but promotes a T-helper 2 response. As a result, IL-2 and interferon (IFN-7) production is reduced, which increases the risk of infection. Membrane lipid composition also influences lymphocyte and macrophage functions in terms of signaling and eicosaniod production. There is a reduction in n-6 (mainly arachi-donic) fatty acids and an increase in PGE2, which can lead to immunosuppression. Dietary replacement of n-6 by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) reduces immunosuppression by altering membrane composition and eicosanoid series production. Nutritional studies have focused on the influence that enteral feed composition has on immune function so-called immune-enhancing diets. The theoretical elements...

Adjunctive Treatments

There is great interest in a pharmacological role for growth hormone (GH) and or IGF-1 in reversal of the catabolic state and stimulation of anabolic processes. GH stimulates production of IGF-1, which improves amino acid transport and enhances glu-coneogenesis from exogenously supplied amino acids. Blood levels of IGF-1 are markedly reduced in burn patients following injury and remain so for the first week, after which levels increase these changes correlate with IGF binding protein-3 levels. This binding protein prevents plasma proteolysis of IGF-1. GH and IGF-1 have both been used in experimental models of burn injury, and their effectiveness at limiting catabolism and enhancing mucosal proliferation is encouraging. In children GH treatment accelerates donor site healing and increases protein synthesis. GH has also been shown to exert immunomodulatory effects, which may contribute to a reduced incidence of infection. Other growth factors have also been used experimentally and in...

Disease Problems Prevention and Treatment

Prevention rather than medication should be the program followed in disease management. Prevention of diseases would include efficient feeding management and proper water management. Moreover, eels are handled with care to avoid skin damage, which is the primary cause of infections. In case of disease outbreak, medicines are added to the food or to the pond water.

Quality deterioration of fresh produce physiological disorders and physical injury

There is a wide range of disorders which are too high or too low. Hightemperaturescaused, forexample,by excessive exposure to the sun or cause skin damage and uneven fruit ripening.Onlyafewcommoditiesdestined for fresh consumption can survive mild freezing, for example parsnip and onions, however, the majority of fruits and vegetablesdestinedforfreshconsumption cannot tolerate any freezing at all. Ice crystals form inside the cells leading to membrane rupture, and the tissue collapses upon defrosting leading to unacceptable textural changes. These changes arelessobvioustotheconsumerinproduce with a relatively low water content and or which will be cooked before consumption, for example, peas, sweet spinach.

Aims for primary prevention

Primary prevention refers to the interventions designed to prevent skin cancer from occurring for the first time. Interventions for primary sun protection aim to change risk behaviour in order to reduce new skin cancers. Studies that evaluate such interventions usually use

Prolonged Standard Tissue Expansiono

Forehead flap with a rectangular tissue expander (250 ml) allows primary closure of the donor site and additional tissue for near-total or total nasal reconstruction. The expander is placed submuscularly (subgaleal) and is expanded over 8-10 weeks. Expansion of the postauricular skin for microtia repair can be done however, risk of implant exposure, infection, and thickened flaps is a potential drawback to its use. Tissue expansion for skin replacement in the forehead, cheek, and neck is valuable since the expanded skin is adjacent to the defect and, in most cases, is almost identical to the missing or damaged skin (Fig. 5). Perhaps the most popular application in the head and neck is for defects of the scalp since hair-bearing skin is required

Potential drawbacks

There may be some local skin reaction to the cream, including redness, oedema, skin hardening, vesicles, erosion, ulceration, flaking and scabbing. These brisk inflammatory reactions, at least clinically, would be consistent with an acute immunologic reconstitution of the sun-damaged skin, resulting in an immunologically mediated elimination of malignant and premalignant cells. In all studies, local reactions were common, mostly mild or moderate, were well tolerated by patients, and declined in incidence and severity with less frequent dosing.49-55

Chapter References

Saffle JR, Davis B, Williams P, American Burn Association Registry Participant Group Recent outcomes in the treatment of burn injury in the United States A report from the American Burn Association Patient Registry. J Burn Care Rehabil 16 219, 1995. 7. American Burn Association Guidelines for Service Standards and Severity Classification in the Treatment of Burn Injury. Chicago, American Burn Association, 19B4. 10. American Burn Association Hospital and prehospital resources for optimal care of patients with burn injury Guidelines for development and operation of burn centers. J Burn Care Rehab 11 9B, 1990.

Reconstruction After Radiation A Special Situation

It is not possible to use tissue expanders to stretch radiated skin. Attempts to do so are associated with a very high failure rate. Even in those in whom expansion proves to be technically feasible, the aesthetic result is usually poor. Therefore, the best option is one that brings new skin to the reconstruction site. The latissimus flap or TRAM flap are options in this situation.

Latissimus Flap Reconstruction

The latissimus dorsi flap is named after the back muscle of the same name, based on the thoracodorsal vessels, rotated through a tunnel to supply muscle and skin for breast reconstruction. This muscle helps with upper arm motion but is not essential for normal function. Loss of latissimus muscle function is well tolerated by patients and recovery is much easier than the TRAM flap. Unlike the TRAM flap there is not enough fat volume available to form a breast mound without the addition of a breast implant. Like implant reconstruction, a tissue expander is placed at the time of the latis-simus dorsi flap and the permanent implant is placed later after the new skin is expanded. Rarely, enough tissue is present in the back to build a breast to match the contralateral side with no implant.

Ester Linked Agents Amethocaine

Amethocaine (tetracaine) is an ester local anaesthetic agent used for topical anaesthesia. It is available as a gel (4 ) for local anaesthesia of the skin before intravascular cannulation. Applied to the skin it is effective within 45 min. The preparation should not be applied to inflamed or damaged skin or highly vascular tissues as it is rapidly absorbed through mucosal surfaces. More dilute solutions (0.5 and 1 ) are available for topical anaesthesia of the conjunctiva. Amethocaine is potent and readily absorbed but in common with other ester local anaesthetics, it may cause hypersensitivity.

Burns Caused by Electricity Introduction

Very-high-voltage electricity such as lightning may cause thermal injury simply by passing close to the body (see later). Occasionally burns result from objects such as clothing set on fire by the electric current, but in order to cause burn injury electrical current usually has to pass from one point in the body to another. In such circumstances, injury may be seen anywhere along the route taken by the current and thus can involve any tissue in the body. However, most commonly damage occurs to the skin at one or both ends of the route taken by the current through the body, as normally the skin has the greatest electrical resistance and thus is the site where the majority of thermal energy is generated.

Other Diseases That Mimic Traumatic Injury

Hot Hot Forensic

EB patients range from those with a relatively minor skin disorder to patients who are severely disfigured. In patients with severe disease, ill-fitting shoes, the application of a bandage, or even the use of an automated blood pressure cuff can cause skin damage. Newborns with severe EB may present with peeling and blistering (bullae) of the skin at intrauterine pressure points, particularly the elbows, knees, and ankles (Fig. 1). The lesions look strikingly similar to partial thickness burns and are treated with protective dressings. In older children, trivial trauma, such as a fall, may lead to large areas of partial-thickness (and sometimes full-thickness) skin injury that may be confused with an intentional burn injury. Fortunately, many children with EB have both a family and a personal history of chronic cutaneous scarring from past injuries that allows for the appropriate diagnosis. Patients with EB who present with severe scarring will develop...

Effects of Radiation Exposure on Humans

The Chronic Radiation Syndrome (CRS) was defined as a complex clinical syndrome occurring as a result of the long-term exposure to total radiation doses that regularly exceed the permissible occupational dose by far (2-4 Sv year). Clinical symptoms are diffuse and may include sleep and or appetite disturbances, generalized weakness and easy fatigability, increased excitability, loss of concentration, impaired memory, mood changes, headaches, bone pain, and hot flashes. The severity of delayed effects depends on dose. These delayed effects may include cancer, cataracts, non-malignant skin damage, death of non-regenerative cells tissue, genetic damage, impact on fertility, and suppression of immune functions.

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

The standard OGTT must be performed under certain conditions for the previous thresholds to apply. Subjects need to ingest at least 200 g carbohydrates per day during the 3 days preceding the test, fast overnight (> 8h), not smoke on the day of the test, and have the test performed in the morning. Because glucose tolerance is reduced by bed rest and stressors such as recent surgery or burn injury, subjects must be ambulatory and have been so for at least 1 month prior to the test. Despite this standardization, results are not always precisely reproducible, even in the same person, which may relate in part to variable rates of absorption of glucose from the small intestine. For this reason, elevated fasting glucose is a more reliable diagnostic criterion. In children, if an OGTT is performed, the amount of glucose to be ingested should be determined by body weight (i.e., 1.75 g kg ideal body weight).

Well Being Assessment Behavioral Indicators

For example, abnormal feather pecking in laying hens may be the displaced behavior of natural foraging or dustbathing and has been used to assess different housing conditions of egg-laying hens. 8 Feather pecking in hens can lead to significant feather loss or even skin damage. Thus, the occurrence of displacement behavior and abnormal forms of grooming can be measured and used to assess well-being.

Physiological Functions of atRA

Incidence of spontaneous and carcinogen-induced cancer. Chemopreventive trials in humans show some promise for retinoids in actinic keratoses, oral premalignant lesions, laryngeal leukoplakia, and cervical dysplasia. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved retinoids for acute promyelocytic leukemia and for non-life-threatening diseases, such as cystic acne and psoriasis. Retinoids also provide the active ingredients in agents to treat sun age-damaged skin.

Biotechnological Potential of MCT

In a recent review, Langer and Tirrell (2004) have drawn attention to the outstanding impact that biomaterials have had on health care, particularly in the context of prosthetic and drug delivery devices, and they commented that the extracellular matrix provides an important model for biomaterial design. With regard to the development of new structural materials that have medical applications, connective tissue has been employed in three different ways 1. An entire connective tissue, either living (i.e. with cellular elements left in situ) or with cellular elements removed, may be used as a graft or prosthesis. Examples of this include the use of Achilles tendon allografts for the reconstruction of cruciate ligaments (DeFrate et al. 2004) and skin repair using dermis from different species prepared by various methods (Ramos-e-Silva and Ribeiro de Castro 2002). Obviously, it would be ideal if the mechanical properties of each implant could be adjusted precisely to match the needs of...

Metabolic Response

Increased glucose demand is initially met by gly-cogenolysis. When glycogen stores are exhausted, lipolysis and protein catabolism increase to supply gluconeogenic substrates. This hypermetabolic response is accompanied by increased cardiac output, increased oxygen consumption, and increased thermogenesis. The physical loss of skin cover has other major effects, including fluid loss, increased heat loss by evaporation, and loss of local immune function. Skin grafting will provide some cover for burned areas but the use of allografts increases the total area of damaged skin. Early excision and grafting is associated with increased survival in patients with more than 70 burns compared with conservative management. Donor split-skin graft sites heal within 7-14 days, unlike the burned area, which continues to make increased metabolic demands for weeks after the initial insult. Measurements of energy requirements take into account whole body metabolism and include any demands made by donor...


Adults Protein calories comprise a significant proportion of the energy requirement of a severely burned patient. Intact protein, rather than amino acids, is associated with better weight maintenance and improved survival. Nitrogen loss must be estimated regularly in a burn patient in order to ensure adequate nitrogen replacement. Total nitrogen loss (TNL) is impossible to measure accurately since 20-30 of nitrogen loss occurs in the exudate from wounds. There is some doubt regarding the use of urinary urea nitrogen (UUN) to estimate total urinary nitrogen (TUN), from which TNL is usually calculated. In healthy, unstressed subjects, urea comprises 80 of the TUN, but ureagenesis is inconsistent after burn injury and varies widely depending on the extent and course of illness. If measurement of TUN is available this will reflect nitrogen loss more accurately Amino acids play an important role in adaption to burn injury both as gluconeogenic substrates and as substrates for acute phase...

Trace Elements

Trace elements are present in the body in amounts less than one part per million by weight many are essential components of metalloenzymes. Following burn injury, significant amounts of these trace elements may be lost. The acute phase reaction is characterized by a decrease in plasma levels of copper, iron, selenium, and zinc and an increase in the plasma levels of the carrier proteins ferritin and caeruloplasmin. Although iron levels decline following burn trauma, it has been shown that excessive administration of iron is harmful and that low plasma levels of iron appear to be of benefit in reducing microbial replication. In contrast, increased intravenous administration of copper, zinc, and selenium during the first week following burn injury resulted in fewer complications, an improved leucocyte response, a rapid return of the plasma levels of these trace minerals, as well as a shorter hospital stay. Zinc, copper, and manganese are essential for wound healing serum zinc levels...

Route of Feeding

Wherever possible, the enteral route should be used. The American Gastroenterological Association has strongly endorsed this view and stated that routine parenteral nutrition is contraindicated if the enteral route is available. Nasogastric, nasojejunal, and percutaneous enteral access tubes have all been used successfully when feeding is introduced as soon after burn injury as possible. Jejunal feeding is associated with a higher success rate than gastric feeding and may be continued even in the presence of gastric stasis. Increased mortality has been associated with Table 6 Scheme for nutritional monitoring in a patient with a burn injury the use of central venous catheters and TPN in patients with severe burn injury. This is related to both catheter-associated morbidity and depression of gut function. Glutamine is relatively unstable and has not been included in parenteral formulations. New preparations containing the dipeptide or acetylated form of glutamine will be available in...

Actinic Keratoses

Actinic keratoses (AK) are premalignant skin lesions occurring in sun-damaged skin. They appear clinically as erythematous papules with a rough scaly surface (18). Early lesions may be felt more than seen. Most commonly, AK affect the exposed skin of the face and upper extremities. The cheeks, forehead, and dorsum of hands are frequent locations (Fig. 8). The lower lip (actinic cheilitis) and, in balding men, the scalp are also involved. Lesions are multiple and develop gradually over the years. Most tend to become thicker (hypertrophic AK). The rate of malignant transformation for each individual AK is approximately 5 , but in patients with multiple lesions the risk is over 20 . On histopathological examination the most characteristic findings are variable degrees of focal epidermal displa-sia with overlying parakeratosis and crowding of basal cells. The dermis shows solar elastosis.


The caloric needs of a patient can be estimated by assessing the basal energy expenditure (BEE) using the Harris-Benedict equation. Most patients require approximately 20-25 kcal kg day although these needs may be tremendously increased in times of stress such fever, sepsis, burn injury, and trauma. Although rarely used in clinical practice, the respiratory quotient (RQ defined as RQ CO2 produced per O2 consumed) may yield information on the primary metabolic substrate and insight into the catabolic state of the patient (RQ < 0.7, starvation RQ 0.7, fat metabolism RQ 1.0, carbohydrate metabolism RQ > 1.0, lipogenesis overfeeding). Refeeding syndrome occurs when essential electrolytes (e.g., potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus) are transported intracellularly secondary to glucose administration in a patient who has undergone prolonged fasting or is chronically malnourished. This potentially fatal metabolic derangement can be avoided by correcting electrolyte abnormalities prior to...


H. ducreyi preferentially infects keratinized stratified squamous epithelium. Epidermal microabrasions formed during sexual intercourse or otherwise damaged skin is the portal of entry for infection. After entry into the skin, the bacteria stimulate target cells such as keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells to secrete IL-6 and IL-8. 1 Polymorphonuclear cells are recruited within 24 hr to the epidermis and dermis and form small micropustules. A dermal infiltrate of T cells, macrophages, and some B cells evolves. 2 A tender erythematous papule may develop 4-7 days after initial infection, which can progress to the pustular stage. The bacteria remain extracellular through the pustular stage and resist phago-cytosis. 3,4 Pustules often rupture after a further 2-3 days to form painful shallow ulcers with granulomatous bases and purulent exudates. 5 In the absence of effective antimicrobial therapy, the chancroid ulceration can take several weeks to months to resolve. Inguinal...

Burn Complications

Infection and burn injury can trigger an unchecked systemic inflammatory response that persists despite the eradication of any infections during the clinical course, leading to multiple organ failure, another common cause of death (see Chapter 1, Subheading 4.3. and refs. 1, 88, 103, and 131). Hypovolemic shock can contribute to multiorgan failure (88,103). Patients with multiorgan failure tend to have larger burns and are older, but other studies have not shown this relationship (1,103).


Attempts to injure or kill a person by strangulation using one's hands, a ligature, or forearm, in a choke hold, may result in skin damage to the neck. For example, in manual strangulation, multiple bruises and scratches typical of contact with hands and fingernails will be seen on a victim's neck. On the other hand, if a ligature is forcefully wrapped around a victim's neck, a band of abrasion approximating the diameter of the ligature will be seen on the skin. Pinpoint hemorrhages, or petechiae, which are dramatically evident in the translucent conjunctival lining of the eyes, are important evidence of strangulation. These hemorrhages, which are the result of ruptured capillaries, occur when the buildup in pressure occurring when venous return from the head and face is obstructed. Since a period of 4 min is required for compression of the blood supply of the brain to result in irreversible neuronal damage and death, it is not surprising that so many attackers let go of their victim...

Burn shock

This term burn shock describes the rapidly developing hypovolemic circulatory failure seen in the first 72 hours after burn injury.52 The physiologic changes leading to burn shock are complex. Skin burning is followed by hypovolemia, low cardiac output, hypoproteinemia, hyponatremia, and a rising hematocrit. Burn shock is the result of hypovolemia and the effects of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators. Hypovolemia in turn is the result of a combination of massive interstitial edema, intracellular edema resulting from generalized impairment of cell function, and evaporation from the burn site. The normal adult skin loses less than 40 ml of water each hour, but with extensive burns the loss can increase to 300 ml hour.12 Interstitial edema is the result of vasodilatation, increased microvascular permeability and increased extravascular osmotic activity around the burned tissue. The edema usually is maximal within 1 to 3


Damage to peripheral tissue generally results in sensitization of peripheral nociceptors, although a given stimulus does not sensitize all types of nociceptive responses (e.g., to noxious heat or to high-intensity mechanical stimulation) equally. Similarly, sensitization is not elicited equally well by noxious mechanical and heat stimulation. There are other complications in classifying sensitization responses, e.g., whether it is primary hyperalgesia (sensitization in a region that overlaps the region of injury) or secondary hyperalgesia (sensitization in a region outside the region of primary injury). Primary heat hyperalgesia after a burn injury involves sensiti-zation of the response of nociceptors to noxious thermal stimuli. Primary mechanical hyperalgesia after a burn injury does not involve peripheral sensitization to mechanical stimuli, and so central changes (i.e., central sensitization see the following section) are believed to be responsible....


With the exception of hydrofluoric acid, strong acids produce coagulation necrosis from the desiccating action of the acid on proteins in the superficial tissue. Injury severity is related to the physical characteristics of the acid. Most substances with a pH less than 2 are strong corrosives. Other important tissue-damaging properties of acids include concentration, molarity, and complexing affinity for hydroxy ions. The higher each of these factors is, the greater is the tissue damage. Contact time with the skin is the most important chemical burn feature that health care professionals may alter. Instantaneous skin decontamination of 18 M sulfuric acid will cause no burn however, a 1-min exposure can cause full-thickness skin damage. Examination of a patient with a significant chemical burn from these acids should not be limited to observation of the skin, because several of these acids are respiratory and mucous membrane irritants as well. Furthermore, skin absorption of some...


HYDROCARBONS Hydrocarbons will cause a fat-dissolving corrosive injury to the skin. In our present petroleum-dependent society, gasoline is a common agent of burns. Patients sustaining gasoline immersion burns usually have undergone some other traumatic insult (e.g., a motor vehicle accident). Gasoline is a complex mixture of alkanes, cycloalkanes, and aromatic hydrocarbons. A hydrocarbon chemical burn resembles either a thermal scald or a partial-thickness burn. 11 Full-thickness burns secondary to prolonged contact with gasoline have been reported. Topical gasoline exposure in cold weather can result in frostbite of the digits due to rapid evaporation of gasoline resulting in heat loss from the skin. Any potential for systemic effects of the involved hydrocarbon (or what it was a solvent for) must be recognized, as this may expose the patient to greater morbidity than the skin damage. Dehydration of the skin associated with solvent contact contributes to injury. Treatment involves...

Other Agents

Algae Some of the marine dinoflagellates occasionally bloom in large numbers to produce red tides (Section 10.7.2). Certain strains, including many Gymnodinium, Gonyaulax, and Pfisteria, may release neurotoxins that can be taken up by filter-feeding shellfish, such as mussels, clams, and oysters. (Thus, this listing could also be under waterborne disease.) These concentrated toxins, which are not destroyed by cooking, can in turn produce disease in man when ingested, in some cases leading to respiratory failure and death. At least with Pfisteria, there are also reports of skin damage from contact with toxin-contaminated water or fish.

Skeletal Musculature

Septicopyemic abscess formation in the psoas muscle that developed during the course of fatal Staphylococcus aureus sepsis following a burn injury. Fig. 3.37. Septicopyemic abscess formation in the psoas muscle that developed during the course of fatal Staphylococcus aureus sepsis following a burn injury.


Primary photosensitization can also occur without liver damage when plants such as buckwheat and St. Johnswort (or, Klammath weed) are consumed in sunny climates, since they contain compounds that trap light energy and cause skin damage in the presence of an intact liver.