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Incidence of Keloid and Risk Factors Following Head and Neck Surgery

William G. Young, MD1; Maria J. Worsham, PhD2; Christine L. M. Joseph, PhD3; George W. Divine, PhD3; Lamont R. D. Jones, MD2
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1Division of Otolaryngology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison
2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
3Department of Public Health Sciences, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(5):379-380. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2014.113.
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Keloids are benign tumors of unknown pathogenesis. They extend beyond the boundaries of injury, rarely regress, and are often painful, pruritic, and erythematous.1 Keloid incidences have been reported as high as 16%, especially in patients of African descent.2 The risk of keloid development following head and neck surgery is not well known, and better data would aid surgeons in obtaining fully informed consent from their patients. We undertook a retrospective study to determine risk factors and incidence of keloid formation following head and neck surgery at our urban tertiary care center. To our knowledge, no similar studies exist in the literature.

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