Scarless skin wound repair in the fetus.

  title={Scarless skin wound repair in the fetus.},
  author={Hermann Lorenz and N. Scott Adzick},
  journal={The Western journal of medicine},
  volume={159 3},
The ability of a fetus to heal without scar formation depends on its gestational age at the time of injury and the size of the wound defect. In general, linear incisions heal without scar until late in gestation whereas excisional wounds heal with scar at an earlier gestational age. The profiles of fetal proteoglycans, collagens, and growth factors are different from those in adult wounds. The less-differentiated state of fetal skin is probably an important characteristic responsible for… CONTINUE READING


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