Ultrasound assessed thickness of burn scars in association with laser Doppler imaging determined depth of burns in paediatric patients

Wang, Xue-Qing, Mill, Julie, Kravchuk, Olena and Kimble, Roy M. (2010) Ultrasound assessed thickness of burn scars in association with laser Doppler imaging determined depth of burns in paediatric patients. Burns, 36 8: 1254-1262. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2010.05.018


Author Wang, Xue-Qing
Mill, Julie
Kravchuk, Olena
Kimble, Roy M.
Title Ultrasound assessed thickness of burn scars in association with laser Doppler imaging determined depth of burns in paediatric patients
Journal name Burns   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4179
1879-1409
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.burns.2010.05.018
Volume 36
Issue 8
Start page 1254
End page 1262
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study describes the ultrasound assessment of burn scars in paediatric patients and the association of these scar thickness with laser Doppler imaging (LDI) determined burn depth. A total of 60 ultrasound scar assessments were conducted on 33 scars from 21 paediatric burn patients at 3, 6 and 9 months after-burn. The mean of peak scar thickness was 0.39 ± 0.032 cm, with the thickest at 6 months (0.40 ± 0.036 cm). There were 17 scald burn scars (0.34 ± 0.045 cm), 4 contact burn scars (0.61 ± 0.092 cm), and 10 flame burn scars (0.42 ± 0.058 cm). Each group of scars followed normal distributions. Twenty-three scars had original burns successfully scanned by LDI and various depths of burns were presented by different colours according to blood perfusion units (PU), with dark blue <125, light blue 125–250, and green 250–440 PU. The thickness of these scars was significantly different between the predominant colours of burns, with the thinnest scars for green coloured burns and the thickest for dark blue coloured burns. Within light blue burns, grafted burns healed with significantly thinner scars than non-grafted burns. This study indicates that LDI can be used for predicting the risk of hypertrophic scarring and for guiding burn care. To our knowledge, this is the first study to correlate the thickness of burns scars by ultrasound scan with burn depth determined by LDI.
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Keyword Burns
Burn depth
Scars
Scar thickness
Ultrasound
Scar assessment
Laser Doppler imaging
Hypertrophic scarring
Paediatric burns
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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