If an autograft is to be used, the surgeon should inform the surgical team from where the graft will be harvested.
The presence of malignant cells in the autograft has been associated with the recurrence of the disease, and purging procedures are needed to eliminate this risk.
If this is not possible, the surgeon must determine whether the need to use an allograft outweighs the risk of sterilizing a contaminated autograft .
A verification process for release of autografts should use two unique patient identifiers to ensure that the correct procedure, site, position, and implants are used for the correct patient.
Improvements in harvesting techniques and growth of stem cells in the laboratory will lead to increased safety of autografts and an expanding list of indications.
Homografts and Xenografts are thin grafts resembling autografts that are surgically placed on the burn injured areas.
As outlined above tissue of autografts fused with each other, while allografted tissues rejected one another.
Twenty years ago cultured epidermal autografts , in which a small skin biopsy is cultured to produce large epidermal sheets, were developed to treat patients with extensive burns.
This study revealed that the use of fibrin glue is an effective and safe method for attaching conjunctival autografts during pterygium surgery.
In many cases, this is not feasible, and harvesting skin autografts can be an expensive procedure.