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The use of autologous buccal mucosa grafts in vaginal reconstruction

Gwen M. Grimsby; Linda A. Baker

(Profiled Author: Linda A Baker)

Current Urology Reports. 2014;15(8).


Vaginal reconstruction can be challenging when there is a paucity of tissue, as the ideal donor source has yet to be determined. Many of the existing and commonly used techniques, such as vaginal replacement with skin grafts or bowel segments, have both advantages and disadvantages. A novel technique for vaginal replacement and reconstruction is with autologous buccal mucosa, an epithelium which is an excellent tissue match to the vagina. As urologists often have extensive experience with the use of oral mucosa for urethral reconstruction, it is fitting to apply these techniques to procedures where native vaginal tissue is lacking. This review presents the existing literature as well as the author's own experience with the use of autologous buccal mucosa for a variety of vaginal reconstructive procedures. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media.

PMID: 24948036    

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