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Tissue Expansion Devices

"Tissue Expansion Devices" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Devices used to generate extra soft tissue in vivo to be used in surgical reconstructions. They exert stretching forces on the tissue and thus stimulate new growth and result in TISSUE EXPANSION. They are commonly inflatable reservoirs, usually made of silicone, which are implanted under the tissue and gradually inflated. Other tissue expanders exert stretching forces by attaching to outside of the body, for example, vacuum tissue expanders. Once the tissue has grown, the expander is removed and the expanded tissue is used to cover the area being reconstructed.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Tissue Expansion Devices" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Tissue Expansion Devices" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 71 publications over 19 distinct years, with a maximum of 8 publications in 2014 and 2016 and 2018
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