European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 182–185

The influence of different occlusive plates on the erythema of hypertrophic burn scars

  • Eric Van den Kerckhove
  • K. Stappaerts
  • W. Boeckx
  • F. Staes
  • B. Van den Hof
  • S. Monstrey
  • P. Massagé
  • J. DeCubber
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s002380100279

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Van den Kerckhove, E., Stappaerts, K., Boeckx, W. et al. Eur J Plast Surg (2001) 24: 182. doi:10.1007/s002380100279
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Abstract.

The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of compressing a burn-related hypertrophic scar using different types of occlusive plates (silicone gel, silicone elastomer and plastic). The study was a prospective trial in which 16 burn scars were divided into four areas; each area was then randomly assigned to a different occlusive medium. The dependent variable was erythema as measured by the Minolta chromameter CR-300. Measurements were taken at 0, 7, 30, 60 and 90 days of treatment. Significant beneficial results were obtained for both silicone plate treatments compared to a control site or plastic plate treatment. The degree of change was most evident after 7 days. After 1 month of treatment, there was no further significant improvement over time and between the different treatments. These data suggest that when erythema is considered, compressing a burn scar with a silicone contact medium is more efficient than compression with a plastic medium.

Burns Scar Silicone treatment Pressure therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Van den Kerckhove
    • 1
  • K. Stappaerts
    • 2
  • W. Boeckx
    • 3
  • F. Staes
    • 2
  • B. Van den Hof
    • 4
  • S. Monstrey
    • 5
  • P. Massagé
    • 6
  • J. DeCubber
    • 7
  1. 1.University Hospitals of Leuven, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burns, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Herestraat 49, 3000 LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Katholieke Universiteit, LeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Plastic Surgery, University Hospital of MaastrichtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospitals of LeuvenBelgium
  5. 5.Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospitals of GentBelgium
  6. 6.Burn Centre, Military Hospital, Neder-over-HeembeekBelgium
  7. 7.Centre for Cranio-Facial Epithetics, ZaventemBelgium
  8. 8.Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Katholieke Universiteit, LeuvenBelgium

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