Negative pressure wound therapy as an aid to coverage of irradiated chest wounds
Vijay Langer, Prem S Bhandari and S Rajgopalan
World Journal of Surgical Medical and Radiation Oncology 2012, 1:11
Introduction: Wounds over the irradiated chest present as a tough challenge for coverage to the reconstructive surgeon. This is due to the adverse effects of radiation on local tissue. The best option in such patients is flap coverage. Split thickness skin graft, though a simpler alternative, does not take well or breaks down easily.
Case report: A patient is presented in whom flap coverage was not sought and wound bed was prepared by negative pressure wound therapy to effectively take a skin graft.
Conclusions: This simple technique may be of immense value in aiding closure of problematic wounds over the irradiated chest.