The Versatility of Acellular Fetal Bovine Dermal Matrix for Head and Neck Surgical Reconstruction in Children


Objectives: To describe the versatility of acellular fetal bovine dermal matrix as an alternative to human cadaveric allograft for head and neck reconstructive procedures in children. Study Design: Case series with chart review. Methods: A database of pediatric operative procedures was queried for the use of acellular fetal bovine dermal matrix over a 16-month period. Indications for reconstruction were assessed and initial parental and surgeon satisfaction with the product were noted. Results: During the time period of 3/2012 and 7/2013 a total of 8 reconstructive procedures were performed on pediatric patients using acellular fetal bovine dermal matrix. Indications for use varied and included open and transnasal endoscopic repair of encephaloceles and soft tissue reconstructions including lateral pharyngeal wall repair, cleft palate repair, and facial recontouring operations. Acellular fetal bovine dermal matrix had a subjectively increased ease of use as compared to the surgeon’s prior experience with human cadaveric acellular dermis. Every parent vocalized a greater comfort level with the use of a bovine product over the alternative of human cadaveric tissue. The cost of acellular fetal bovine dermal matrix is slightly lower than the cost of human cadaveric acellular dermis. Conclusions: Acellular fetal bovine dermal matrix appears to be an acceptable alternative to human cadaveric acellular dermis for various forms of head and neck soft tissue reconstruction in children. Further prospective studies are warranted to assess for any differences in the long-term efficacy of this product as compared to other forms of allograft reconstruction.

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Tracy, J. , Kim, W. and Scott, A. (2014) The Versatility of Acellular Fetal Bovine Dermal Matrix for Head and Neck Surgical Reconstruction in Children. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5, 1119-1124. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2014.518143.

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