A 41-year-old man with past medical history of kidney-liver transplantation requiring chronic immunosuppression presented 2 years posttransplant with a necrotizing soft tissue infection of his right thigh. Serial debridement to remove necrotic tissue was performed, and a Matrix HD Allograft Fenestrated (RTI Surgical, Alachua, FL) was applied. At 5-months post grafting, the patient demonstrated fully vascularized and intact skin. Under normal circumstances, a cadaveric allograft sloughs over several weeks and is not usually considered a permanent solution for wound closure. A systematic review of transplant patients on chronic immunosuppression with skin allografts demonstrates the potential for the indefinite survival of an allograft. Necrotizing soft tissue infections can definitively be treated using serial debridement and allograft transplantation in the chronically immunosuppressed.
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|State||Published - Jun 2017|
- necrotizing soft tissue wound management
- posttransplant wound management
- prolonged allograft survival
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