Journal of Clinical Case reports and Images

Journal of Clinical Case reports and Images

Journal of Clinical Case Reports and Images

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The use of Dermacell® in Fingertip Injury

1Land Seed Hospital, Taiwan

2University of Padua, Italy


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Received 26 Jan 2019; Accepted 04 Mar 2019; Published 14 Mar 2019;

Academic Editor: Mohamed Elfahar, Pan-Arab Federation of Societies for the Surgery of the Hand, Egypt.

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Copyright ©  2019 Wu, Tsung-Hsuan, et al.

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Wu, Tsung-Hsuan, Giampietro Bertasi (2019) The use of Dermacell® in Fingertip Injury. Journal of Clinical Case reports and Images - 1(2):14-22.

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DOI 10.14302/issn.2641-5518.jcci-19-2626


Fingertip injuries are defined as those distal to the insertion of the flexor and extensor tendons Primary goal of treatment is a painless fingertip with durable and sensate skin. 1 Methods of treatment include healing by secondary intention, skin grafting, shortening of the bone and primary closure, and coverage with local or regional flaps.


History and mechanism of the injury

Patient factors age, gender, handedness, occupation, and history of previous hand injuries

Function of flexor and extensor tendons


Antibiotics and tetanus prophylaxis

Soft-tissue loss without exposed bone

Soft-tissue loss with exposed bone


Nail bed injuries


For the treatment of fingertip injuries, the decision making process should proceed from the simpler techniques to the more complicated. When no bone is exposed, the open method is ideal for small or moderate sized wounds, and skin grafting should be considered for larger wounds . Distal transverse and dorsal oblique amputations with bone exposure can be treated with local advancement flaps. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14


Derma cell was able to provide protection for the wound while encouraging rapid healing without the disadvantages of donor site morbidity and increased patient pain from an autograft. The rapid wound closure was encouraging and supports further use of Derma Cell for treating soft tissue trauma wounds.

Case no. 1. 32 y/o, male. Crush injury with tip amputation of right middle finger. (Figure 1, Figure 2,Figure 3, Figure 4.)

Figure 1.Post-op

Figure 2.4 days post-op
 4 days post-op

Figure 3.2 wks postr-o
 2 wks postr-o

Figure 4.a-b: 4 wks post-op
  a-b: 4 wks post-op

Case no. 2. 48 y/o, female. Laceration wound of right index finger; dorsal oblique soft tissue defect; nail bed defect; over DIPJ with bone and joint exposure. (Figure 5, Figure 6, Figure 7, Figure 8.)

Figure 5.Post-op

Figure 6.4 wks post-op
 4 wks post-op

Figure 7.8 wks post-op
 8 wks post-op

Figure 8.11 wks post-op
 11 wks post-op

Case no 3. 42 y/o, male. Crush injury with soft tissue defect of volar side of the left thumb. (Figure 9, Figure 10, Figure 11, Figure 12, Figure 13.)

Figure 9.4 days post-op
 4 days post-op

Figure 10.15 days post-op
 15 days post-op

Figure 11.2 months post-op
 2 months post-op

Figure 12.3 months post-op
 3 months post-op

Figure 13.4 months post-op
 4 months post-op

Case 4. 44 y/o female. Laceration wound of the left thumb; dorsal oblique soft defect; nail bed defect. Over D IPJ with bone and joint exposure. (Figure 14, Figure 15.).

Figure 14.4 days post-op
 4 days post-op

Figure 15.3 months post-op
 3 months post-op

Case 5. 24 y/o male. Contact full thickness burn wound of right thumb; soft tissue defect of dorsal side of the IPJ; tendon exposure. (Figure 16, Figure 17, Figure 18)

Figure 16.2 weeks post-op
 2 weeks post-op

Figure 17.6 weeks post-op
 6 weeks post-op

Figure 18.10 weeks post-op
 10 weeks post-op

Case 6. 54 y/o male. Chemical burn, full thickness burn wound of right middle finger; tendon exposure. (Figure 19, Figure 20, Figure 21).

Figure 19.8 days post-op
 8 days post-op

Figure 20.2 months post-op
 2 months post-op

Figure 21.4 months pos-op
 4 months pos-op

Case 7. 40 y/o female. Crush injury of the right hand; amputation of right middle finger through DIPJ with volar oblique defect; amputation of right finger through middle phalanx with volar oblique defect; bone exposure. (Figure 22, Figure 23, Figure 24, Figure 25).

Figure 22.8 days post-op
 8 days post-op

Figure 23.2 weeks post-op
 2 weeks post-op

Figure 24.2 months post-op
 2 months post-op

Figure 25.3 months post-op
 3 months post-op


The wounds progressed steadily, with full wound closure being achieved (average 1 to 4 months) after initial implantation. There were no signs of infection observed and the patient did not experience any reaction to the graft. Although the wound began healing slowly initially, the authors felt that was due to the complexity of the traumatic wound.

We T reat R outinely Finertip Injuries with ADM ( Derma cell ) .


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