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Type: Journal article
Title: Ultrasound assessed thickness of burn scars in association with laser Doppler imaging determined depth of burns in paediatric patients
Author: Wang, X.
Mill, J.
Kravchuk, O.
Kimble, R.
Citation: Burns, 2010; 36(8):1254-1262
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0305-4179
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Xue-Qing Wang, Julie Mill, Olena Kravchuk, Roy M. Kimble
Abstract: This study describes the ultrasound assessment of burn scars in paediatric patients and the association of these scar thickness with laser Doppler imaging (LDI) determined burn depth. A total of 60 ultrasound scar assessments were conducted on 33 scars from 21 paediatric burn patients at 3, 6 and 9 months after-burn. The mean of peak scar thickness was 0.39±0.032cm, with the thickest at 6 months (0.40±0.036cm). There were 17 scald burn scars (0.34±0.045cm), 4 contact burn scars (0.61±0.092cm), and 10 flame burn scars (0.42±0.058cm). Each group of scars followed normal distributions. Twenty-three scars had original burns successfully scanned by LDI and various depths of burns were presented by different colours according to blood perfusion units (PU), with dark blue <125, light blue 125–250, and green 250–440PU. The thickness of these scars was significantly different between the predominant colours of burns, with the thinnest scars for green coloured burns and the thickest for dark blue coloured burns. Within light blue burns, grafted burns healed with significantly thinner scars than non-grafted burns. This study indicates that LDI can be used for predicting the risk of hypertrophic scarring and for guiding burn care. To our knowledge, this is the first study to correlate the thickness of burns scars by ultrasound scan with burn depth determined by LDI.
Keywords: Burns; Burn depth; Scars; Scar thickness; Ultrasound; Scar assessment; Laser Doppler imaging; Hypertrophic scarring; Paediatric burns
Rights: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020114314
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2010.05.018
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