Wound and reconstructive problems in advanced disease
This chapter discusses wound and reconstructive problems found in advanced disease. The author first presents the case of Gertrude, a 68-year-old patient with advanced carcinoma of her breast, who was determined to have metastatic disease. The next section focuses on wound healing and acute and chronic wounds. Acute wounds refer to an acute injury or a surgical procedure, while chronic wounds are wounds that were not closed successfully at the time of surgery or immediately after an injury. Wound closure and reconstructive surgery are then discussed. This is immediately followed by another case, where reconstructive surgery proved to be beneficial to a patient who underwent cancer surgery. Plastic surgery, special procedures, burn care and management, and unprecedented survival are covered in the latter section of the chapter.
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