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Continuum-Scale Models for the Evolution of Hypertrophic Scars and Contractions After Burn Injuries

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We review several of our mathematical models that we constructed for the simulation of contractures and morpho-elastic scars that are typically associated with deep dermal (burn) injuries. The models are based on partial differential equations, which are solved by the use of finite-element methods. The models contain elements of non-isotropy, morpho-elasticity for the treatment of the mechanics of the skin. Furthermore, we take into account the balances of fibroblasts, myofibroblasts, collagen and a generic growth factor. Using the models, we are able to simulate permanent contractions using physically sound principles.

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The authors wish to thank the Dutch Burns Foundation (Nederlandse Brandwondenstichting) for the financial support under project WO/12.103.

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Vermolen, F., Koppenol, D. (2018). Continuum-Scale Models for the Evolution of Hypertrophic Scars and Contractions After Burn Injuries. In: Gefen, A., Weihs, D. (eds) Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. Lecture Notes in Bioengineering. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59764-5_12

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