Use of negative-pressure wound therapy and split-thickness skin autograft to cover an exposed renal transplant Academic Article uri icon

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  • Exposure of a renal transplant through the abdominal wall is a rare event. A search of the literature reveals only six documented cases which used skin autograft for coverage, with none reported since 1981, and none which used negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to prepare the recipient bed. This case report demonstrates that NPWT followed by split thickness skin graft is a reconstructive option which is feasible in patients who are at high risk for surgical complications in prolonged flap surgery.


  • McKinnon, Victoria Elizabeth
  • Barkho, Jouseph
  • McRae, Mark

publication date

  • September 2019