What is the role of bovine collagen constructs in reconstructive surgery for angiosarcoma of the scalp?

Updated: Jan 03, 2020
  • Author: Jonathan S Zager, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Other authors have described the use of bovine collagen constructs for reconstruction of full-thickness scalp defects created after resection of angiosarcoma. In one study, 23 patients were treated with bovine constructs for defects with an average size of 51 cm. Histologic studies demonstrated persistence of the construct and infiltration of nascent fibroblasts. Skin grafting of the area was accomplished at an average of 30 days from the time of the initial reconstruction with bovine collagen construct.


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