Hypertrophic scar

Hypertrophic scar

Chris Schach

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Key Points
*Type of scar, typically formed when a wound is under tension
*Consists of thickened scar tissue in the affected area

Hypertrophic Scars typically form when a healing wound is under tension. Because of this tension, scar tissue in the affected area becomes thickened. Anyone may experience hypertrophic scarring, although the tendency is likely genetic.  Any area of the body can be affected but notorious areas are the chest and back.

Differential Diagnosis (Other conditions with similar appearance)Dermatofibroma

    Key Points
    *Diagnosis based on appearance of the affected area

    Diagnosis of hypertrophic scarring is based on the appearance of the affected area.

    *Although treatment is not required, options for improvement include steroid Injections and OTC scar gels and creams

    Keeping the affected area moisturized is helpful. Silicon patches and scar treatment gels may be of benefit. Additionally, health care professionals may utilize corticosteroid Injections, cryotherapy, and pulsed dye laser therapy to facilitate resolution of the scar.

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