Keystone Design Sliding Skin Flap for the Management of Small Full Thickness Burns

Azher A Al-Busaidi, Nirannanilathu Semalesan, Said S Al-Busaidi


Deep dermal burns and full thickness burns are generally managed by excision and split thickness skin grafting. The skin graft may lead to unacceptable colour changes and be aesthetically unacceptable. Also, there may be a contour defect and, furthermore, it is followed by varying degrees of contracture. The keystone design sliding flap, first described in 2003, avoids the need for grafting and is not associated with any skin graft problems. We report two cases of the use of this flap as the primary surgery in reconstruction of small full thickness burn defects. 


Burns; Skin grafting; Keystone flap; Case report; Oman

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