A review of scar scales and scar measuring devices.

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2010-06-21

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Pathologic scarring affects millions of people worldwide. Quantitative and qualitative measurement modalities are needed to effectively evaluate and monitor treatments.

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This article reviews the literature on available tools and existent assessment scales used to subjectively and objectively characterize scar.

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We describe the attributes and deficiencies of each tool and scale and highlight areas where further development is critical.

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An optimal, universal scar scoring system is needed in order to better characterize, understand and treat pathologic scarring.

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Erdmann

Detlev Erdmann

Professor of Surgery

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