A contemporary review of wound healing in otolaryngology: current state and future promise

Laryngoscope. 2009 Nov;119(11):2099-110. doi: 10.1002/lary.20561.


Over the last 15 years, a new paradigm shift has occurred in the way we approach and treat soft tissue defects to the face and neck. These changes are due to recent advances in wound healing research and new biological products that are now available to the otolaryngologist. This article summarizes some of the recent developments and newer concepts in soft tissue healing with skin, the subglottis and facial allotransplantation relevant to the otolaryngologist.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Facial Transplantation
  • Forecasting
  • Glottis / injuries
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Mucosa / injuries
  • Otolaryngology*
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena
  • Wound Healing* / physiology