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Surgical pearl: A simplified technique for getting mini epidermal grafts
How to cite this article: Mukhtar M. Surgical pearl: A simplified technique for getting mini epidermal grafts. CosmoDerma 2023;3:39.
Epidermal grafts are useful for treating residual vitiligo lesions. The residual lesions are often small in size. With epidermal grafting over tiny lesions, the blister graft could be resized as needed to avoid graft and time loss. For resizing the graft, the paper sandwiched between petrolatum soaked/ impregnated gauze has been used. However, obtaining easily marked surface of multiple mini epidermal grafts for identification and transfer is challenging job.
All of these difficulties can be addressed with a simple technique for obtaining mini epidermal grafts. Following the harvestation of the epidermal graft (blister, ultrathin Thiersch’s), the graft is transferred onto a sterilized micropore adhesive tape, with the dermal surface facing up on the tape.
This large epidermal graft is easily cut into eight or more pieces as per requirement [Figure 1a-d]. As a result, it reduces graft loss caused by over-grafting at the small recipient site. Instead of this tape, antiseptic Handyplast or Band-Aids can be used. The tape simplifies graft identification and its transfer using a hypodermic needle and tissue forceps rather than a glass slide. As a result, this simple technique may be used to create convenient, clearly recognized mini epidermal grafts for treating small residual vitiligo lesions.
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