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Use of AlloDerm implant to improve cosmesis after parotidectomy

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August 1, 2007
by Suzanne M. Sachsman, MS; Dale H. Rice, MD
We evaluated the effectiveness and practicality of using AlloDerm, an acellular human dermal matrix graft, as an interpositional barrier in an attempt to improve the appearance of the surgical defect created by parotidectomy. We performed AlloDerm reconstruction in a series of 10 patients, and we found that normal contour was satisfactorily restored in all 10. We conclude that the use of an AlloDerm implant is a low-risk, practical option for repairing the surgical defect in postparotidectomy patients.

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