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Thiersch' graft

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A method of split skin grafting using epidermis and a portion of the dermis. Consists of shaving thin strips of healthy skin so that the true skin is divided and then implanting these strips on granulating tissue. Thiersch' graft is an improvement of Ollier’s graft. This technique has also been called Ollier-Thiersch graft, but the term Thiersch’ graft is now commonly used.


  • L. X. E. L. Ollier:
    Greffes cutanées ou autoplastiques.
    Bulletin de l’Académie de médecine, Paris, 1872, 2 sér., 1: 243-250.
  • C. Thiersch:
    Ueber die feineren anatomischen Veränderungen bei Aufheilung von Haut auf Granulationen.
    Verhandlungen der deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie, Berlin, 1874, 3: 69-75.
    Simultaneous publications in:
  • [von Langenbeck’s] Archiv für klinische Chirurgie, Berlin, 1874, 17: 318-324.
    English translation in volume II of:
  • Frank McDowell (1911-1891): McDowell series of plastic surgical indexes. Edited by Frank McDowell. 5 volumes. Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1977-1981.

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