Skin contracture

Skin contracture

A permanent tightening of the skin that prevents normal movement of the associated body part and that can cause permanent deformity. A contracture develops when the normally elastic connective tissues are replaced by inelastic fibrous tissue. This makes the affected area resistant to stretching and prevents normal movement.
Mentioned in: Lymphedema
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Despite standard of care primarily consisting of dressings, skin grafts and skin substitutes, patients frequently suffer from slow healing, pain, scarring, skin contracture and reduced range of motion.
In the early stage of healing, the mechanism of wound closure is mainly by reepithelialization in human while it is by skin contracture in rodents [3].
Despite these treatments, patients with severe burns commonly suffer from prolonged pain, aggressive scarring, skin contracture and reduced range of motion.