The modified Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale: a novel approach to defining pathologic and nonpathologic scarring.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Scarring is a highly prevalent and multifactorial process, yet no studies to date have attempted to distinguish pathologic from nonpathologic scarring. METHODS: This article defines and proposes methods of classifying pathologic scarring as it pertains to clinical presentation. RESULTS: The authors propose a new scar scale that incorporates pain and functional impairment. CONCLUSIONS: The modified Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale is the first of its kind to factor in the functional deficits pain and pruritus of scarring into measurements of associated morbidity. This scale has great potential in evaluating patient response to treatment and analyzing clinical outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fearmonti, RM; Bond, JE; Erdmann, D; Levin, LS; Pizzo, SV; Levinson, H

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 127 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 242 - 247

PubMed ID

  • 21200219

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3059548

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-4242

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181f959e8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States