pinch graft

Jacques-Louis Reverdin

Jacques-Louis Reverdin (August 28, 1842 - January 9, 1929) was a Swiss surgeon who was a native of Cologny. He studied at the University of Paris, and in 1865 became an interne des hôpitaux. He 1869 he became an assistant to Jean Casimir Félix Guyon (1831-1920) in the surgical department at the Hôpital Necker in Paris. Afterwards he moved to Geneva, where he eventually became chief surgeon at the Hôspital Cantonal de Geneve, and a professor at the University of Geneva.

Reverdin is credited with performing the first skin allograft, and in 1869 while working in Paris, introduced the "pinch graft", which is a procedure for removing tiny pieces of skin from a healthy area of the body and seeding them in a location that needs to be covered. This procedure is sometimes referred to as a "Reverdin graft". His name is also associated with the "Reverdin suture needle", which is a specialized surgical needle.

In 1882, with his cousin and assistant Auguste Reverdin (1848-1908), he observed that myxedema occurred as a delayed complication when the thyroid gland is surgically removed. He documented his findings in an article titled Note sur vingt-deux opérations de goitre, and on September 13, 1882 presented his observations to the Medical Society of Geneva.


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