Pathology Quiz #15: Scar Formation

1. A 30-year-old construction worker presents with a deep laceration on his leg that occurred 2 weeks ago. The wound has been healing, but he is concerned about the appearance of a raised, reddish area over the site. Which of the following cell types is primarily responsible for the raised appearance of the scar due to the excessive deposition of extracellular matrix? 

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2. A 25-year-old female patient presents for evaluation of a scar that has formed on her shoulder following a surgical procedure 6 months ago. The scar is noted to be firm, rubbery, and extends beyond the margins of the original wound. An image of a similar appearing lesion is shown below. This type of scar is best described as which of the following? 

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3. During the maturation phase of wound healing, remodeling of the scar tissue occurs. This process involves a balance between collagen synthesis and degradation. Which of the following enzymes is primarily responsible for the degradation of collagen during this phase? 

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4. A 50-year-old male patient undergoes elective abdominal surgery. Postoperatively, the surgical wound heals without signs of infection, but the patient develops a firm, fibrous band of tissue along the incision line that restricts the range of motion. This complication is best described as which of the following? 

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