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Volume 39 , Issue 2
March/April 2019

Pages e64–e70

Assessment of Palatal Mucosal Wound Healing Following Connective-Tissue Harvesting by Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging: An Observational Case Series Study

Bálint Molnár, DMD, PhD/Eszter Molnár, DMD/Réka Fazekas, DMD/Bernadett Gánti, DMD/Barbara Mikecs, DMD/János Vág, DMD, PhD

PMID: 30794263
DOI: 10.11607/prd.3878

Postoperative complications may occur during the healing of palatal donor sites due to disturbed blood circulation of palatal tissues. Therefore in this study, blood flow was measured by Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging (LSCI) in seven patients after connective-tissue harvesting. The slope in blood-flow elevation within the first 3 days as well as time needed for maximum reperfusion were calculated. Each surgical site was assessed by clinical examination on day 3. In donor sites with secondary-intention wound healing, postoperative blood flow was elevated with significant delay compared to the surrounding tissues and to the primarily healed wound. Reperfusion time and healing score were strongly correlated (r = 0.87, P < .001), as were the slope and clinical rank (r = –0.85, P < .001). LSCI proved to be an objective method to assess individual wound-healing time and to predict the quality of wound healing.

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