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A long-term review of dermal grafts and bronchial reconstruction
  1. Ian Monk
  1. The Thoracic Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney, St. Leonards, New South Wales, Australia


    Between 1953 and 1962, 21 patients presented with bronchial strictures. Bronchial reconstruction was carried out on 15 of these while a dermal graft was employed in another six patients. The follow-up period, therefore, is between 10 and 20 years. Bronchial structures lend themselves to satisfactory reconstruction. This review, however, showed that late contraction of a dermal graft may occur even two years after operation.

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    • 1 1 Based on a paper read to the Thoracic Society.