The biology of burn injury

Lars H. Evers*, Dhaval Bhavsar, Peter Mailänder

*Corresponding author for this work
101 Citations (Scopus)


Burn injury is a complex traumatic event with various local and systemic effects, affecting several organ systems beyond the skin. The pathophysiology of the burn patient shows the full spectrum of the complexity of inflammatory response reactions. In the acute phase, inflammation mechanism may have negative effects because of capillary leak, the propagation of inhalation injury and the development of multiple organ failure. Attempts to mediate these processes remain a central subject of burn care research. Conversely, inflammation is a necessary prologue and component in the later-stage processes of wound healing. In this review, we are attempting to present the current science of burn wound pathophysiology and wound healing. We also describe the evolution of innovative strategies for burn management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalExperimental Dermatology
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)777-783
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2010


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