Mental health

June 2011

Clinical

Ruffled wound suturing

Closing wounds with sides of unequal lengths

Volume 40, No.6, June 2011 Pages 410-411

Dai Tran

Wounds that have sides of unequal length can be closed using a simple traditional dressmaker’s 'ruffle pattern'. This technique has the potential to reduce the need to correct ‘dog ears’ (standing cones), by excising Burrow triangles.

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.1 The majority of skin cancers are managed in the general practice setting. General practitioners are increasingly competent at excising skin cancers and repairing any resulting defects. This article describes a simple method for reducing the need to excise Burrow triangles when dealing with the closure of wounds with sides of unequal length.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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