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Skin graft developed

DOCTORS have developed a skin graft treatment for burns or skin traumas by using a part of the patient's scalp, which can grow independently away from the body.

Changzheng Hospital reported success in using the method on a 48-year-old patient with an open wound covering 19 percent of her body, the hospital said.

The woman, surnamed Lu, was seriously injured in a traffic accident two months ago. The accident left an open wound on her pelvis and thigh, which could have killed her at any time through infection.

"The only solution was skin grafting," said Wang Genhua, a hospital official. "The traditional method is to remove skin from another part of the body to cover the wound."

The skin taken from her scalp had grown enough within five hours and was transplanted onto Lu's wound.

The surgery requires shorter operating time and patients often recover more quickly.


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